The ECB have sent clubs two communications this winter about visa arrangements for overseas players and we strongly suggest all clubs with overseas players, review and digest this information carefully.
5 September 2016 letter to clubs
23 December 2016 update to clubs.
Please note the referenced Question & Answer document in both comms has been updated and is available here.
As per our January newsletter, it must already be clear that while the regulations in this area may not have been substantially changed from recent years, the level of scrutiny applied to the basis on which sportspeople are present in the UK will be greater, and the risk to clubs, if the wrong visa is held, will be accordingly higher. Again, we must recommend clubs look very closely at the ECB guidance and seek advice, if in any doubt, about the appropriate visa for their overseas player and what activities on the part of the individual and the club that visa will permit. The League cannot give advice in this area beyond issuing whatever guidance has been agreed between the ECB and the Home Office. (We can and will, of course, advise on our own rules for eligibility and registration of overseas players). We also ask you to note what the ECB guidance says about using agents as a source of advice. Full information plus contact details for UK Visas and Immigration can be found on the Gov.UK website.
As a league, we will communicate further about this and the registration arrangements shortly.
2017 Forms to be added
Registration must conform to Playing Conditions detailed in the Surrey Championship Constitution. Completed forms will need to be emailed to the Registration Officer (email@example.com) before 31st May.