King’s Lynn Stars are not affected by British speedway’s ongoing non-EU visa row
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Rory Schlein's Australian nationality will not cause the King's Lynn Stars to get caught up in the sport's latest saga.
Reports have surfaced suggesting that non-European riders could be refused entry into the UK and their existing visas withdrawn ahead of the new campaign – which starts in March.
But Schlein, the only member of Lynn's team who does not hail from the EU, is exempt because he has lived in Britain for the best part of 15 years and successfully applied for residency in 2003.
So while a host of other team bosses – including Neil Middleditch at champions Poole Pirates – are sweating on the British Speedway Promoters' Association (BSPA) reaching a conclusion on the issue with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) officials, Rob Lyon can put his feet up.
A BSPA statement said: 'A number of speedway clubs who employ migrant riders (non-EU) were asked to attend a meeting with UKVI this week.
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'This meeting was a result of a number of regular compliance visits to individual clubs as the employers. There are administrative issues which all parties are keen to resolve before the start of the 2015 British speedway season.
'The UKVI have offered to hold an operational workshop for club officials to assist them in this complex process. In the meantime, the BSPA and UKVI remain committed to work towards a satisfactory outcome.'
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It is believed that British speedway's doubling-up and guesting rules are not compliant with those of the UK Border Agency (UKBA).
BSPA chairman Alex Harkess added: 'The UKVI have assured us they will work with us with the aim of ensuring all eligible riders are able to compete in the 2015 season.'