Reevaldo: Immigration issues for footballers and their families
While much has been said about Brexit’s potential impact on football in the UK, perhaps an under-discussed outcome of Brexit is the impact it could have on partners of footballers moving to the UK.
Much of the focus when a footballer moves to the UK is (understandably) on the footballer himself, but an inability to obtain a visa for their partner could have a significantly detrimental impact on the footballer’s happiness and well-being and it is an important factor for players to consider when moving to the UK.
Can a footballer bring their partner to the UK on their visa? Can she/he work here? Can they study in the UK?
Does it make a difference if they’re unmarried/engaged/married?
What if the partner was an EU national? Does that make it easier to move to the UK?
How much does a visa cost?
In a two part Reevaldo series on immigration, we outlined the new immigration-related Brexit developments as they applied to footballers and then shared a case study focusing on Carolina, Reevaldo’s long term girlfriend, discussing how she could obtain a right to remain in the UK.
The sports team at Mills & Reeve have successfully helped foreign footballers navigate The FA and Home Office work permit process. We also have a business immigration team that specialises in securing the right to live and work for foreign employees and their families. If you require assistance with this or would like to know more information, please contact Carol Couse or Tracy Yates.