Visas and Brexit
If you need to apply for a visa to play in PDC events please read the current information below. Mr Nigel Mawer the DRA Chairman is recognised by borders control, to contact Mr Nigel Mawer see below:
Visa for PDC events
Tier 2 Sportsmans Visa:
If you are a player from outside the EU and you have a PDC Tour Card you can get a Tier 2 Sportsmans Visa for the duration of your tour card.
What you need to do is contact Nigel Mawer (As Above) and he will issue a Certificate of Sponsorship, this is a fixed fee to UK Borders at a cost of £199, UK Borders will then issue Nigel Mawer with a Migrant Endorsement. He will then issue the player with a letter with the relevant references, then player can then apply for the Tier 2 visa.
If you are a player coming to the UK to play in UK Q-School you should come on a visitor visa. If you then obtains a tour card you can go through the proces to obtain a Tier 2 visa when your visitor visa expires.
Tier 5 Sportsmans Visa:
There is also a Tier 5 Sportsmans Visa, which any Non Tour Card Holder could apply for if you were going to regularly enter and exit the UK for the Challenge/Development Tour. This type of Visa may take longer to access with UK Borders.
For all help and information on any visas please contact mr Nigel Mawer.
Email: [email protected]thedra.co.uk Phone: +44 7973 989986
Brexit has now happened (31st January 2020 at 23.00hrs)
We are fully aware of the potential implications that Brexit may have and are fully on top of the current and planned situations, we are dealing with this issue as part of our partnership with the PPF (Professional Players Federation) who deal with all UK Sports and updates will be given to our members as soon as we are informed what they are.
Implementation Period 1st February 2020: All current passports will remain valid in the ‘Brexit Implementation Period’ this period is for the remainder of 2020. Any further information during the year will be sent to all members and will be available here.
Recent Brexit Notes 20th February 2020: The UK Government has published its latest information on work permits. Specially for sport it outlines its “broad approach” saying
- Under the current immigration rules, there are a range of other immigration routes for specialist occupations, including innovators, ministers of religion, sportspeople and to support the arts. Our broad approach for January 2021 will be to open existing routes that already apply to non-EU citizens, to EU citizens (the current ‘Tier 5’).
If there are any questions you would like to raise on this then please let me know or write directly to DCMS at the address below. As you may have seen, the Government has today published a Policy Statement setting out details of the Future Points-Based Immigration System that will apply from January 2021.
The Government is implementing a comprehensive programme of work which will transform the way in which all migrants come to the UK to work, study, visit or join their family.
We recognise that these proposals represent a significant change. You may wish to note the reference in Para 21 of the Statement (under “Students and Specialist Occupations”) to sportspeople, where the intention is to open existing routes that already apply to non-EU citizens, to EU citizens from January 2021.
Reference – Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport