Player Eligibility

There are work permit criteria for players coming to the UK. The common factors are, the player must be professional, the player must have played in 75% of competitive games, where he was available for selection, during the last complete season before seeking to come to the UK.

  • Currently EU nationals don’t need work permits.
  • UK passport holders need two years to qualify for national team.
  • We cover work permits. The application process can take 3-6 weeks. Partners can work here under the work permits we use – but please ask for more information.  
  • We use Tier 2 & 5 Sportsperson Visas and are a Class A Sponsor.

There are then additional definitions of acceptable leagues in which those defined games must have been played. If the team does not feature in the leagues listed below, it is not classed as an acceptable professional league.

  • North America NHL, AHL, ECHL, CHL & UHL
  • Czech Republic Extra Liga & 1st Liga
  • Denmark Oddset Ligean
  • Belarus Pressbol Championship
  • Slovakia T-Com Extra Liga & 1st Liga
  • Kazakhstan Karagunda Liga
  • Sweden Elitserien & All Svenskan
  • Norway UPC LIgaen & 1st Division
  • Ukraine Premier League & 1st League
  • Finland SM Liga & Mestis
  • France Ligue Magnus & Division 1
  • Russia KHL, PHL & Suer Liga
  • Italy Serie A
  • Germany DEL & 1st Bundesliga
  • Lithuania National Championship
  • Latvia Latvian Championship
  • Hungry Borsodi
  • Netherlands Eredivisie & Erse Divisie
  • Slovenia Interliga
  • Austria Erse Bank EHL & National Liga
  • Poland Ekstra Liga & 1st Liga
  • Switzerland National Liga A & B Estonia Eesti MV