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If you are looking to move to the UK to work full-time as a religious worker or religious missionary, then you can apply for a Tier 2 (Work) Visa under the category of Religious Worker.
This type of visa is called a Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa, or a Religious Worker Visa. This visa allows you to enter and live in the UK on the grounds that you take on a position as a minister of religion, missionary or religious worker. Once granted, the visa lasts a maximum of three years and one month.
The dedicated lawyers at IAS can assist you with your inquiries and application for a Religious Worker Visa. We will check that the role you are applying for qualifies for this category of Tier 2 Visa, organise your UK Sponsor and perform an extensive document check. We will also prepare a Letter of Representation to accompany your application. Contact us today for more information on how to obtain your Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa.
To be eligible for a Religious Worker Visa, you must have been offered a position in one of the following roles:
Your job offer must have come from a registered Tier 2 UK Sponsor and you must meet the English Language requirements and prove that you have enough maintenance funds to support your travel and any dependents you are taking with you to the UK.
If you have trained for a year full-time with a ministry, you will be able to come to the UK to work as a Minister of Religion with a Religious Worker Visa. In order to do this, you need to be able to prove that you have trained for a year for this role.
Yes, you may be able to extend your stay for an additional three years. To be able to extend your visa you will have to demonstrate that you are still needed in your minister of religion or religious worker position and must prove that you can meet the same requirements as when you applied for your Minister of Religion Visa.
You can take a second job but this job needs to be either in the same profession, a profession on the UK Shortage Occupation List or unpaid voluntary work. This job cannot negatively affect your visa sponsored job.
At IAS, our team of expert lawyers can advise you through each stage of your application process for a Tier 2 Religious Worker Visa.
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