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Minister of Religion visa
A Minister of Religion visa allows individuals to perform religious activities at an employer that is sponsored by the Home Office to employ foreign workers.
How long can I stay in the UK on a Minister of Religion visa?
Normally you can stay in the UK for up to 3 years and 1 month before the visa needs to be extended. This visa is a five-year route to settlement.
What are the eligibility requirements of a Minister of Religion visa?
The main eligibility requirements for a Minister of Religion visa are:
You need a job offer from a UK organisation that holds a valid Home Office sponsorship license. The job offered must be to perform religious duties (mainly pastoral work) within the organisation. The employer must issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to apply for the visa.
Proven knowledge of the English language at level B2 or above.
Unless exempted, you must show you have enough money to support yourself for an initial period in the UK.
You will need to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of the application.
The sponsoring organisation must pay an Immigration Skills Charge.
What are the main conditions of the Minister of Religion visa?
If you are successful in being granted a visa, you must only work in the job described in the Certificate of Sponsorship. This visa does not allow access to public funds.
You may be able to perform a second job in certain circumstances. It may also be possible to do voluntary work and study (subject to Academic Technology Approval Scheme (ATAS) certificate requirements).
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