Judicial Review Requested over Polo Groom Visa Ruling
Around 800 polo grooms could be affected in a shake-up of visa rules on overseas workers, the Telegraph has reported.
In November the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA) said it was planning to meet with the Home Office to discuss the issue of changes to its Tier 2 and Tier 5 visa rules.
Changes could mean that only players from outside the EU and “rated at five goals will be able to bring in stabling staff for their strings of ponies”. This does not apply to English players which could affect the England polo squad.
However, since then the HPA has been told that current visa rules could remain in place for this year.
The HPA is now to request a judicial review of the Home Office guidelines after “authorities refused to budge on its guidelines.”
“Because of the seriousness of this, we don’t have any option but to file an application for interim relief, which would grant a stay of execution,” HPA CEO David Woodd told the Telegraph.
“The Home Office responded that it is not prepared to agree that the current visa criteria could remain in place for 2017 and that a decision will be made on endorsement criteria as soon as possible.”