The UK Border Agency have announced the introduction of a new Olympic/Paralympic Games visit visa for Games family members wishing to enter the UK to take part in specific Games related activities in the lead-up to London 2012.
Games Related Activities
Examples of Games related activities include:
- Meetings with London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG)
- Participating in UK based training camps as part of a national team;
- Participating in individual sport Olympic/Paralympic test events.
Games Family Members
Games family members include athletes, coaches, officials and accredited media. To be eligible to apply the Games family member must have been identified by LOCOG, who must issue an official invitation letter inviting them to visit the UK for a purpose connected to the Games.
Olympic and Paralympic Sports
The UK Border Agency have produced an exhaustive list of Olympic and Paralympic sports which is available here (link to http://www.ukvisas.gov.uk/en/ecg/visitandtransit/sportsvisitor). Any sport outside this list will not qualify.
Prospective applicants can apply up to 3 months before they intend to travel to the UK and are advised to apply at least 2 months in advance to allow sufficient time for their application to be processed.
Applicants will need to attend a Visa Application Centre in their country of residence to submit the application and enrol their biometric information. In addition to a signed invitation letter, applicants will need to provide evidence of how they intend to fund their trip and may also wish to consider submitting evidence of their marital status, itinerary, occupation, income and their association with the Olympic or Paralympic sport.
Successful applicants will receive a visa that is valid from the date of issue until 8 November 2012, irrespective of the date of the application. The maximum stay in the UK on any one visit is six months and it will not be possible to apply as the dependant of a Games visitor or switch from the Games visitor visa into a different immigration category.
How Can Paragon Law Assist You?
Paragon Law are specialists in UK immigration law. Through our offices in the UK, China and India and our association with NeJame Law in the USA, we are well placed to assist individuals seeking to enter the UK on an Olympic or Paralympic Games Visit Visa. To find out more about this type of visa and how Paragon Law can assist you then please call Thalej Vasishta in our London office on +44 (0)845 519 6966 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org.