You can apply for a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa if:
- you’ve been offered a job within a faith community (eg as a minister of religion, missionary, or member of a religious order) in the UK
- you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland
- you meet the other eligibility requirements
You need to be sponsored (ie have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor) before you can apply to come to the UK to work.
The work you do in the UK must relate to the work of your sponsor organisation.
How long it will take
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.
How much you pay for a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa depends on your situation, where you are and how you apply.
|Who you’re applying for||Apply (outside the UK)||Extend or switch online in the UK||Extend or switch in person in the UK (premium service)|
|If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia||£520||£609||£1,109|
|All dependants||£575 each person||£664 each person||£1,164 each person|
How long you can stay
You can come to the UK with a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa for a maximum of up to 3 years and 1 month, or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter.
You can apply to extend your stay.
You must apply before your visa expires.
Your time in the UK must start no more than 14 days before the start date on your certificate of sponsorship.
What you can and can’t do
- work for your sponsor in the job described in your certificate of sponsorship
- do a second job
- do voluntary work
- study as long as it doesn’t interfere with the job you’re sponsored for
- travel abroad and return to the UK
- bring family members (‘dependants’) with you
- own more than 10% of your sponsor’s shares (unless you earn more than £155,300 a year)
- get public funds
- start working before you get your visa
- apply for a second job until you’ve started working for your sponsor
You’ll need to make a new application to the Home Office if you want to do a second job that’s not in the same sector as your main job.