Tier 5 Creative and Sporting Visa

The Tier 5 Creative and Sporting visa allows non-EEA sportspersons, entertainers and creative artists to come and work in the UK for up to 12 months.

In order to qualify, you have to obtain a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed UK employer. The work you will be coming to do in the UK must be related to the work of the licensed employer.

How to qualify for the Tier 5 Creative and Sporting visa

The Tier 5 Temporary Worker Creative and Sporting Visa split into two categories; Sportspersons and Creative Workers.

How to qualify as Tier 5 Sportsperson:

  • You have to make a significant contribution to sport at the highest level in the UK.
  • Have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed UK employer.
  • Provide proof of maintenance funds. Or, if you are fully A-rated and your sponsor has stated that they will certify your maintenance and that you will not claim any benefits.

How to qualify as a Tier 5 Creative Worker

  • You have to make a unique contribution to the UK labour market. You will thus be internationally renowned or are required for continuity.
  • Have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed UK employer.
  • You are paid a minimum salary as set out by Equity, PACT or BECTU. This excludes models, musicians, and circuses.
  • Provide proof of maintenance funds. Or if you are a fully A-rated and your sponsor has stated that they will certify your maintenance and that you will not claim any benefits.

When can I apply for my Tier 5 Creative and Sporting visa?

You can apply for the visa three months before the date you are due to start working. This date will be on the certificate of sponsorship.

You cannot come to the UK more than 14 days before the start date of your certificate of sponsorship.

Length of stay and the Tier 5 Creative and Sporting visa

You can stay in the UK for a maximum period of 12 months on the Tier 5 visa. Or the period on the certificate of sponsorship plus 28 days, whichever is the shorter.

It is possible to extend your Tier 5 visa to the maximum period of 12 months.

Right to work and the Tier 5 Creative and Sporting Visa

You will be allowed to do the work as stated in your certificate of sponsorship.

It is possible to take up a second job in the same sector, at the same level as the main job, for up to 20 hours per week.
You can also do a job on the shortage occupation list, provided it is not for longer than 20 hours per week.

One can study whilst in the UK. Note however that for some courses you will need an Academic Technology Approval Scheme certificate.

Sportspersons can work for their national team or as sports broadcasters.

You cannot start your own business, and there is no access to UK public funds.

Spouses and Dependents of Tier 5 Creative and Sporting visa holders

You can apply for your dependents to accompany you to the UK.

Dependents include partners and children under the age of 18 years old. It can also include children aged 18 years or older if they are already in the UK as dependents.

You have to fulfill an extra maintenance funds requirement if you bring dependents to the UK.

The UK Immigration Health Surcharge

If you are applying for a UK visa for a period of longer than six months, you have to pay the UK Immigration Health Surcharge.

Tier 5 Creative and Sporting Visa and Indefinite Leave to Remain

Unfortunately, the Tier 5 Creative and Sporting visa is a temporary visa. It, therefore, does not lead to Indefinite Leave to Remain.

Please speak to one of our consultants to apply for your Tier 5 Creative and Sporting Visa!