Visas: Football

Home Office written question – answered on 4th July 2019.

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Photo of Patrick Grady Patrick Grady SNP Chief Whip

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visas have been (a) applied for, (b) granted and (c) refused for footballers where the sponsoring organisation was in Scotland in each of the last five years.

Photo of Caroline Nokes Caroline Nokes The Minister for Immigration

The available information relates to Tier 5 creative and sporting category, entry clearance visa applications, and resolutions (grants, refusals, withdrawals, lapsed), published in the quarterly Immigration Statistics Visas volume 1, table vi_01_q, latest edition at

Information identifying footballers sponsored by Scottish employers could only be obtained at disproportionate cost by examination of thousands of individual case files.

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