This page explains the Tier 2 (sporting) and Tier 5 (sporting and creative) sponsor licence and migrant endorsement requirements for Polo.

Tier 2 (sportspersons) of the Points Based System is for elite sports people and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level, whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development of their sport at the highest level in the UK and who, intend to base themselves in the UK.

Tier 5 (sporting and creative) is for sportspeople and coaches who are internationally established at the highest level and/or whose employment will make a significant contribution to the development and organisation of their sport in the UK and will come to the UK for no more than 12 months at a time.

The United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) has recognised the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) as the governing body in the UK for setting the endorsement requirements and issuing endorsements.

Tier 2 and Tier 5 visas for Polo - duration

HPA endorsements are issued for a period appropriate to the period of approval for sponsorship or the tier under which the application is being made, that is:

  • As a Sponsor - Tier 2 or Tier 5 - for 4 years
  • Migrant Tier 2 Sport - Initial application - length of contract or up to 3 years maximum, whichever is the shorter period.
    Extension application - length of contract or up to 2 years maximum, whichever is the shorter period.
  • Migrant Tier 5 sporting - length of contract or up to 12 months, whichever is the shorter period.

Tier 2 - Sporting visa requirements for Polo

To be a sponsor:

  • HPA membership; or
  • Listed on HPA employers register

To be a player, groom, manager, coach, or umpire:

  • Player (8 goals and above)
    • has a polo handicap of 8 goals or above issued by the HPA or by a recognised overseas polo governing body
  • Player (2 to 7 goals)
    • has a current HPA handicap (UK) of between 2 and 7 goals; and
    • has previously been employed in the UK as a professional polo player and can provide reference(s) from their previous UK employer(s) for their playing and general conduct; and
    • holds a valid coaching qualification or has enrolled on an HPA coaching course
  • Groom - has previously been employed in the UK as a professional polo groom and can provide reference(s) from their previous UK employer(s) confirming their expertise, general conduct and ability to impart their skills to others

  • Manager, Polo Pony Trainer - has been previously employed in the UK in this position and can provide references from their previous UK employer(s) confirming their expertise, general conduct and ability to impart their skills to others

  • Coach - holds an HPA coaching qualification and has been previously employed in the UK in this position and can provide references from their previous UK employer(s) confirming their expertise, general conduct and ability to impart their skills to others

  • Umpire - holds an HPA umpire grade and has been previously employed in the UK in this position and can provide references from their previous UK employer(s) confirming their expertise, general conduct and ability to impart their skills to others

Tier 5 - Sporting and creative visa requirements for Polo

To be a sponsor:

  • HPA membership; or
  • Listed on HPA employers register

To be a player, groom, manager, coach, or umpire:

  • Player (2 - 10 goals)
    • has a polo handicap of 2 goals or above issued by the HPA or by a recognised overseas polo governing body
  • Groom
    • has at least two years experience as a professional polo groom and can provide:
      • reference(s) from their previous employer who is a member of the HPA; or
      • reference(s) from their previous employer who is a member of an recognised overseas governing body; or
      • a reference from an overseas employer endorsed by an HPA member or a member of a recognised overseas governing body
  • Manager, Polo Pony Trainer, Coach - has at least two years experience in this position and can provide:
    • reference(s) from their previous employer who is a member of the HPA; or
    • reference(s) from their previous employer who is a member of an recognised overseas governing body; or
    • a reference from an overseas employer endorsed by an HPA member or a member of a recognised overseas governing body
  • Coach - holds an HPA coaching qualification and has been previously employed in the UK in this position and can provide references from their previous UK employer(s) confirming their expertise, general conduct and ability to impart their skills to others

  • Umpire - Has at least two years experience umpiring and can provide:
    • reference(s) from their previous employer who is a member of the HPA; or
    • reference(s) from their previous employer who is a member of an recognised overseas governing body; or
    • a reference from an overseas employer endorsed by an HPA member or a member of a recognised overseas governing body