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This guidance is to be used for all Tier 2 governing body endorsement requests made on or after the 16 January 2019.

Section 1: overview of governing body endorsements for Tier 2 (Sportsperson) of the points-based system

This page provides a brief explanation of what endorsement requirements apply in respect of the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) and/or Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) Creative and Sporting categories of the points-based system.

The Tier 2 (Sportsperson) category is for elite sportspeople and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level and whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level in the UK, and who will base themselves in the UK; and the post cannot be filled by a suitable settled worker.

The application process explained: migrants applying to come to the UK under either of the sporting categories above need to be sponsored by an organisation that has a sponsor licence under Tier 2 (Sportsperson).

If you wish to sponsor such migrants, you must have a sponsor licence. Before you apply to the Home Office for a licence you must be endorsed by the approved governing body for your sport. This endorsement confirms to the Home Office that the application for a licence is from a genuine sports club (or equivalent) that has a legitimate requirement to bring migrants to the UK as sportspeople. Once licensed, you can assign certificates of sponsorship to a sportsperson or coach with a job offer that allows them to apply for leave to enter or remain in the UK. Each individual must also have a personal endorsement from the approved governing body for their sport before you assign the certificate of sponsorship.

An approved governing body is one specified in Appendix M of the Immigration Rules. Such a governing body must be recognised by one of the home country sports councils such as Sport England, and will have been approved by the Home Office before being included in Appendix M of the Immigration Rules.

Approved governing bodies will work within the Home Office ‘Code of practice for sports governing bodies’ and must comply with any immigration regulations, UK legislation and the principles of the points-based system as detailed on the GOV.UK website.

Length of endorsement

Governing body endorsements should be issued for a period appropriate to the period of approval for sponsorship or the tier under which the migrant’s application is being made, that is:

Type of application Tier Length of endorsement
Sponsor Tier 2 (Sportsperson

4 years from date of issue


Migrant Tier 2 (Sportsperson) For an initial maximum period of 3 years, with a further extension of a maximum period of 3 years. If the contract is for fewer than 3 years, it will be issued for the length of the contract.

Change of employment

If a migrant is intending to change employer, their new employer must request a new governing body endorsement. The endorsement can be issued for the length of the contract or to the maximum period permitted within the category, whichever is the shorter. The new employer must assign a new certificate of sponsorship to the migrant to allow them to apply to the Home Office for new leave to remain. Leave to remain must be granted before the migrant can start work with the new employer.

Supplementary Employment

Tier 2 migrants are eligible to undertake supplementary employment under the Home Office supplementary employment regulations. The ‘Supplementary employment’ section of the Tiers 2 and 5: guidance for sponsors has more information on this.

Section 2: requirements

This page explains GB Taekwondo requirements under the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) category. The requirements are effective from 16 January 2019.

These requirements are applicable to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.


The following requirements have been agreed by the Home Office following consultation with the GB Taekwondo, who consulted with British Taekwondo.


The requirements will be reviewed biennially. The next review will be in November 2020.

Length of season

Taekwondo typically runs throughout the year, there is no natural start or end to the season.


The table below shows the endorsement requirements for sponsors and migrants.

Category Requirement


Tier 2 (Sportsperson)


Governing body endorsements will only be accepted from GB Taekwondo.



Tier 2 (Sportsperson)


A governing body endorsement will be issued to salaried staff only if both the following criterion is met:

·         must be able to demonstrate they have a proven record of medal success at international competition level

·         have coached elite athletes for at least 3 years

Further information

This information is available on the GB Taekwondo website at www.gbtaekwondo.co.uk

For any queries relating to the requirements or the endorsement process please contact:

Garry Adams

HR Manager

National Taekwondo Centre

Ten Acres Lane

Manchester M20 4SP

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 974 7770

Mobile; M: +44 (0) 7718570046

Email: Garry.Adams@gbtaekwondo.co.uk

Information on visas and immigration is available on the GOV.UK website.

Dispute handling procedures

Any appeals against decisions will be referred to the CEO of GB Taekwondo.  Any appeal by a Franchise Organisation against the decision of GB Taekwondo not to provide a Governing Body Endorsement for either an individual migrant or for a sponsor license will be dealt with by the independent dispute resolution service for sport: Sport Resolutions.

If a Franchise Organisation wishes to instigate an appeal pursuant to this Procedure, the Franchise Organisation must submit to the Chief Executive of GB Taekwondo a written request for an appeal (“the Appeal”) containing the following details: (a) the name and address of the Franchise Organisation (and of the nominated body representative); and (b) a brief statement stating the grounds that the Franchise Organisation wish to use to appeal the GB Taekwondo decision.

The applicable grounds for appeal are limited to a “strong arguable case” that either:

  1. relevant information was ignored or not considered by GB Taekwondo;
  2. the endorsement application process was tainted by unreasonable bias or conflict of interests;
  • the provisions of the GB Taekwondo Governing Body Endorsement procedure were not adhered to;
  1. GB Taekwondo exceeded its jurisdiction; or the findings of GB Taekwondo were irrational or otherwise exhibited an error of general law.

This request for appeal must be submitted within fourteen (14) days of the notification of the original GB Taekwondo decision not to provide a Governing Body

Endorsement and include the relevant Appeal Fee (£125, cheque made payable to Sport Resolutions).

GB Taekwondo will acknowledge the Appeal in writing with the request that full written evidence in support of the Appeal must be submitted to Sport Resolutions within 10 days for the Appeal to proceed. The Appeal will be undertaken by a sole arbitrator, based on written submissions only, and will be final and binding on GB Taekwondo and the club who sought the Appeal. Save as provided in this clause the process to be followed is as contained in the Sport Resolutions arbitration rule.

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