The Government's Points Based Managed Migration system means that cricket clubs will need to obtain a sponsor licence from the UK Borders Agency in order to bring cricketers and coaches from outside the EU into the country.
As part of this process, clubs must obtain from the ECB a Governing Body Endorsement BOTH for their sponsor licence and for individual players and coaches.
Following Home Office approval of ECB's Governing Body Endorsement requirement process, the guidance document, together with application pack to be used when applying for these endorsements are found at the foot of this page.
For further information on the Points Based Managed Migration System, please see the Home Office website.
Please note the new International Sportsperson Visa has now been introduced. This replaces Tier 2 & Tier 5 sportsperson visa routes. The endorsement and sponsor process remain the same, but you will see the update on the Home Office Sponsor Management System. Our criteria for the 2022 season will be updated with the new titles in due course.
If you are a current sponsor licence holder the Home Office will have contacted you directly and explained the transfer of your sponsor licence and the certificates of sponsorship.
Please also note that the "3 month concession" which used to operate under the T5 will also no no longer be available for non visa nationals.
- Annexes 2, 5 and 6 are for use for County Cricket Boards endorsement applications.
- Annexes 1,4,5 and 6 are used for First Class endorsement applications.
- Annexes 3, 7 and 8 are for use for Non First Class endorsement applications.
- Annex 9 is for use in all relevant applications.
Please note that the ECB cannot provide advice or guidance on immigration routes, processes or an individual’s status. You will need to contact a registered immigration adviser who is OISC registered or by calling either of the numbers listed in useful contacts.
Applications for the 2022 season can be submitted from 1 September 2021. All endorsements for players and player-coaches will be issued with an effective from date of 1 September 2021, to a maximum of 30 September 2022 or to length of contract, whichever date is sooner.
For clubs going through this process for the first time please click here for a Step by Step Guide (PDF).
For Non First Class Clubs, please ensure you read and follow the application guidance on your Annex 7 or 8 application forms.
Payment is by BACS only, please ensure you read and follow the application guidance
Current processing times for all endorsement applications are 7-10 working days from receipt of complete applications, (this includes payment)
- Governing body criteria document in full 2022 (PDF)
- Non UK Residents Vetting Form (PDF)
- Application BACS payment guidance (PDF)
- Annex 1 (PDF)
- Annex 2 (PDF)
- Annex 3 (PDF)
- Annex 4 (PDF)
- Annex 5 (PDF)
- Annex 6 (PDF)
- Annex 7(PDF)
- Annex 8 (PDF)
- Annex 9 (PDF)
- Additional Information For Cricket Clubs October 2021(PDF)
- ECB Health and Safety Pack (PDF)
- Safeguarding Young Children Matrix (PDF)
- Home Office Visa Overview (PDF)
- Overseas Players Amateur v Professional Definitions (PDF)
- ECB Governing Body Endorsements: email@example.com
- Immigration Enquiry Bureau / Sponsor & Employer Enquiries: 0300 123 4699 or BusinessHelpdesk@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk.
The ECB is not registered to give advice on immigration. Information on aspects of immigration policy and law can be found on the Home Office website.
Clubs are advised to allow sufficient time for entry clearance to be granted. The time needed to obtain entry clearance may vary depending upon where the player is applying. Service standards for each post are set out on the Home Office website.
This site also contains a guide to Visa processing times for specific overseas posts.