UK Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa
The Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 Minister of Religion) visa is for Ministers of Religion coming to the UK to perform pastoral duties. The Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 Minister of Religion) visa category also caters to those seeking to come to the UK as a missionary or member of a religious order, such as monks, nuns or members of similar religious communities.
Applicants who are granted temporary residence under the Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 Minister of Religion) visa scheme are permitted to live and work in the UK for the duration of their employment for a maximum three (3) year period.
Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 Minister of Religion) Visa Basic Requirements
The basic requirement for this visa is to score a minimum of 70 points for attributes including sponsorship, English language and available maintenance (funds).
Applicants for the Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa can include those who act in the capacity of a Minister of Religion (either regularly or occasionally), missionaries and members of religious orders. Duties performed by potential applicants can include:
- leading worship; giving religious education to children and adults by preaching or teaching;
- officiating at marriages, funerals and other special services;
- offering counselling and welfare support to members of the congregation;
- recruiting, training and co-ordinating the work of any local volunteers and lay preachers; and organisation of missionary activities.
In the first instance, a prospective sponsor will apply to the UK Border Agency in order to be granted a licence. When successfully licensed, a sponsor can apply for a number of certificates of sponsorship, which they can then present to the people whom they intend to sponsor. Once a prospective employee has been allocated a certificate of sponsorship, he or she will be eligible to apply for UK entry clearance or leave to remain in the UK.
Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 Minister of Religion) Visa Entitlements
The Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 Minister of Religion) visa is issued for an initial maximum period of three (3) years or the time given in the certificate of sponsorship whichever is shorter.
Upon successfully holding a Sponsored Worker (Tier 2 Minister of Religion) for a total of five (5) years, individuals may be entitled to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR). ILR entitles individuals to permanent residency in as well as visa-free travel to and from the UK. ILR holders may also be able to sponsor their non-British relatives into the UK and may also ultimately be eligible to apply for British citizenship. Eligible dependants may also qualify to be included and upon obtaining the visa, may be entitled to work or study without any restrictions.
Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Visa Processing Time and Costs
|SPONSORED WORKER (TIER 2) MINISTER OF RELIGION||OUTSIDE THE UK (ENTRY CLEARANCE)||INSIDE THE UK (FLR)|
|Government Main Application Fee||UK£494||UK£578|
|Government Partner Application Fee||UK£494||UK£434*|
|Government Child Application Fee||UK£494||UK£434*|
|Premium Migration Service||US$1999|
|Processing Times||1-12 weeks||4-16 weeks|
* The reduced fee will be applicable when the dependent applies at the same time with the main applicant.
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