Visa & Application Guidelines

Please note: These notes are not official legal advice and are purely based upon previous customers experiences and genera Immigration Guidelines. It is essential that you check visa application criteria before you confirm any bookings with us.


Players travelling from outside Europe and the commonwealth will require a Visa to enter.

We understand that this can be a very frustrating and lengthy process. Below are some of the key criteria and guideline points you will need to satisfy to ensure a successful Visa application:

Be sure that you have thought about carefully and planned well in advance for your trip to the UK. Many applications for a Visa will include a criteria largely based on the following:

This section provides guidance on the types of documents that you may want to provide to help us consider your application against the Immigration Rules. 
Previous travel documents/passports, which show previous travel.
Financial documents showing that you have sufficient funds available.  These must clearly show that you have access to the funds, such as: 
 bank statements - building society book - proof of earnings such as a letter from employer confirming employment details (start date of employment, salary, role, company contact details)  

where a third party (who is either in the UK or who will be legally in the UK at the time of your visit) is providing financial support to you e.g. a business, a friend or a relative, documents to show they have sufficient resources to support you in addition to themselves and any dependant family should be provided 
Confirmation of legal residence, if you are not a national of the country in which you are applying or your right to reside there is not included in your passport.
Details of employment or studies where you have stated in your application that you are either employed or in full-time studies. 


This could include:
 a letter from your employer on company headed paper, detailing your role, salary and length of employment a letter from your education provider, on headed paper, confirming your enrolment and leave of absence
If self employed: business registration documents confirming the business owner’s name and the date the business started trading. 


Typically you will you need to allow a minimum of 3 - 6 months prior to your intended arrival date to prepare and negotiate a successful Visa application.

Academy courses run from:

January - April

July - November annually

We advise that you confirm your Academy Course booking at least 3-6 months prior to your arrival to avoid unessassary delays and to greatly increase your chances of being issued a Visa.

Top Ten Visa Refusal reasons

1. Correct Documents NOT supplied: It is really important that you supply all the documents required for your application. Different visas require different documentary evidence, so it is important to make sure your application is specific to you, and that nothing is missed out. It’s no good listening to someone who tells you they got a visa with A, B and C when your application also asks for D, E and F.


2. Documents NOT presented in the correct format: It’s not enough to simply send the documents in a bundle. They need to be placed in the correct, chronological order, and presented exactly as required. This includes even using the correct colour ink to fill in the forms. This might seem like a petty reason to refuse a visa, but the best way to look it is this: make the Home Office’s job of reading your application as easy and simple as possible.


3. Specified Evidence Missing: Visa applications might seem simple, and the advice given on Home Office website does make it appear so. However, the guideline notes only give a general outline, and do not go into enough detail. Even a single date, or an original of an official document missing can lead to a visa refusal.


4. Following Advice from Advisers”: This is a very common mistake made by people all across the world. So many Visa refusal cases happen because the adviser is not qualified or experienced enough in UK immigration law. They might well know immigration law in general, or in their own country, but the UK is one of the hardest countries to get a visa for, so you do really need to get advice from experts.


5. Following advice from Family and/or Friends: So many refusals happen because people seek advice from those closest to them who just don’t have the legal knowledge. Of course, they may know the applicant very well, but the Home Office is only interested in specific legal evidence and information. It might sound cruel, but they simply do NOT care about applicants as individuals. It’s all about the numbers, the statistics and the money.


6. Believing the Home Office will be lenient or “understanding”: They won’t be. For example, some applicants might think that if the requirements for their Spouse Visa include a basic salary of £18,600 and they earn £18,500 that just trying to get around that should be “okay”. Not true. Even the very slightest error will not be met with flexibility. Treat your application like a fine, delicate Ming vase: there is simply no room for error.


7. Non-Disclosure of Previous issues: Often applicants have had previous immigration or legal issues that they decide not to disclose, such as bans or certain criminal convictions already spent — especially if a long time has passed. But the Home Office miss nothing and question everything. Worse still, if they believe an applicant has attempted to mislead or misrepresent themselves intentionally (deception) a visa refusal might be the least of your worries.


8. Applying for the wrong type of visa: A common example of this is when people wish to move to and settle. However, they mistakenly think they have to apply for a visit visa first, and then apply to switch to a settlement visa. “Switching” is not allowed from a visit visa, and any suggestion that this might be someone’s plan, the Home Office would also refuse the visit visa.


9. “Saving” money on “cheap” advice: Using unqualified advisers is false economy as their lack of expertise in immigration law can easily lead to a refusal on the basis that they simply don’t know the intricate details of the laws, or how to apply the laws correctly. A substantial number of people who come to us with a refusal tell us “my adviser said…” Unfortunately, not all advisers are regulated, and even some who are regulated — even the good ones — simply don’t have the knowledge of how to apply law in the same way a trained, experienced and qualified Solicitor will.


10. Relying on advice from Home Office/UKVI: It might seem like the best place to get advice is from the source itself. However, call handlers at the Home Office/UKVI are not trained or qualified to give legal advice, and at best all they will do is redirect you to their website, or give you the same general information. They will not be able to discuss merits of individual cases which might need specific expertise to carefully complete the application.


Of course there are many other reasons for a visa refusal, and it is always worth remembering that each case is unique. The UK has some of the most stringent immigration laws in the world, and with Brexit on the way no-one really knows what effect that might have on other parts of immigration policy.

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