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:

  • 1. HPA membership; or
  • 2. Confirmation to the HPA that they or their team will be playing high goal and/or medium goal (12 - 15 goals).

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

  • Player
    • a) has a polo handicap of 5 goals or above issued by the HPA; and
    • b) 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
    • c) holds a valid coaching qualification or has enrolled in the HPA coaching programme; and
    • d) has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal polo team.
       
  • Lady Player
    • a) has a ladies polo handicap of 5 goals or above issued by the HPA; and
    • b) has previously been employed in the UK as a professional lady polo player and can provide reference(s) from their previous UK employer(s) for their playing and general conduct; and
    • c) holds a valid coaching qualification or has enrolled in the HPA coaching programme; and
    • d) has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal ladies polo team.
       
  • Manager, Polo Pony Trainer
    • a) has been previously employed in the UK in this position; and
    • b) can provide reference(s) from their previous UK employer(s) confirming their expertise, general conduct and ability to impart their skills to others; and
    • c) has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal polo team; or
    • d) has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal ladies polo team.
       
  • Coach
    • a) holds an HPA coaching qualification and has been previously employed in the UK in this position; and
    • b) can provide reference(s) from their previous UK employer(s) confirming their expertise, general conduct and ability to impart their skills to others; and
    • c) has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal polo team; or
    • d) has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal ladies polo team.
       
  • Umpire
    • a) holds an HPA umpire grade and has been previously employed in the UK in this position; and
    • b) can provide reference(s) from a recognised overseas governing body that they are capable of umpiring 15 goal polo and above; and
    • c) has a contract of employment with the HPA or an affiliated Club.
       

Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) - Sporting and Creative Visa Requirements for Polo

To be a sponsor:

  • 1. HPA membership; or
  • 2. Confirmation to the HPA that they or their team will be playing high goal and/or medium goal (12 - 15 goals).

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

  • Player
    • a) has a polo handicap of 4 goals or above (or equivalent handicap for ladies with an international ranking) issued by the HPA or by a recognised overseas polo governing body; and
    • b) has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal polo team.
       
  • Lady Player
    • a) has a ladies polo handicap of 4 goals or above issued by the HPA or by a recognised overseas polo governing body; and
    • b) has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal ladies polo team.
       
  • Groom
    • has at least two years' experience as a professional polo groom and can provide:
      • a) reference(s) from their previous employer who is a member of the HPA; or
      • b) reference(s) from their previous employer who is a member of an recognised overseas governing body; or
      • c) a reference from an overseas employer endorsed by an HPA member or a member of a recognised overseas governing body;
      • and

      • d) a contract of employment with:
        • (i) a patron of a high or medium goal polo team; or
        • (ii) a player who has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal polo team; or
        • (iii) a patron of a high or medium goal ladies polo team; or
        • (iv) a lady player who has a contract of employment with a high or medium goal ladies polo team.

        Endorsements for grooms may not exceed 500 Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Creative and Sporting) for the 2017 season.

  • 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;
    • and

    • d) a contract of employment with:
      • (i) a patron of a high or medium goal polo team; or
      • (ii) a player who has a contract of employment with a patron of a high or medium goal polo team; or
      • (iii) a patron of a high or medium goal ladies polo team; or
      • (iv) a lady player who has a contract of employment with a high or medium goal ladies polo team.
  • Umpire - has at least two years' experience umpiring and can provide:
    • a) reference(s) from a recognised overseas governing body that they are capable of umpiring 15 goal polo and above; and
    • b) has a contract of employment with the HPA or an affiliated Club.