For workers coming to the UK to fill a position – such as a minister of religion or missionary - within a religious organisation in the UK. As with all Tier 2 visas, the worker must have a confirmed job in the UK and a certificate of sponsorship from a religious organisation with a valid Tier 2 sponsorship license before they apply.
Length of stay
Up to 3 years and 30 days, or up to one month after the period stated on your certificate of sponsorship (whichever comes first), and up to 6 years with extensions.
Tier 2 (Minister of religion) visa applicants must have funds of at least £945 and must have had this amount consistently for 3 months or more, unless their Tier 2 sponsor can guarantee their maintenance with the UK Home Office. Only 'A rated' sponsors have this option.
Funding rules exemptions
Workers who are already in the UK and meet one of these conditions are exempt from the funding requirements for this visa:
Holders of any other Tier 2 visa
Employees of a Jewish agency
Ground staff employed by an airline based outside of the UK
Religious workers (with a pre-existing visa), including ministers, missionaries, and religious order members
Workers employed by a media organisation – such as a newspaper or television news station - based outside of the UK
Work permit holders
Other activities and restrictions
Workers on this visa can take part in other work and study activity while in the UK. This includes taking a second job (but cannot begin working before they start the job on their certificate of sponsorship), doing voluntary work, and studying.
Further information, help, and advice
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