Roman Abramovich, the owner of Chelsea football club, who has faced difficulties obtaining a new UK visa, will not be allowed to work in Britain if he travels here on his new Israeli passport, Downing Street has said.
It emerged on Monday that the formerly Russian-based billionaire, a regular presence in Britain since he bought Chelsea FC in 2003, had been granted Israeli citizenship and was moving to Tel Aviv.
Abramovich, who had reportedly faced delays in renewing his UK visa, will be allowed to visit the UK visa-free for up to six months at a time with his Israeli passport, but cannot work in the country, Theresa May’s spokesman said.
“Israelis are required to obtain a visa if they want to live, work or study in the UK and this will also apply to Mr Abramovich regardless of his possession of an Israeli passport”.
Roman Abramovich in Israel:
The Chelsea FC owner’s previous tier-1 visa was granted before regulations were tightened.
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