Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Religious Worker) visa

Extend your visa

You can apply to extend your Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Religious Worker) visa.

You should apply before your current visa expires.


You must continue to meet the eligibility rules.

You must apply again if you want to change your job within the same organisation or move to a new organisation.

How long you can stay

You can apply to take your stay in the UK up to a maximum of 24 months, or the time on your certificate of sponsorship plus 14 days - whichever is shorter.


Who you’re applying for Apply online or by post Apply in person
You £244 £854
If you’re a citizen of Turkey or Macedonia £189 £799
All dependants £244 each £854 each

You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.

How to extend your visa

You should read the full Tier 5 guidance before you apply.

You can apply online.

If you want to apply in person to get a quick decision, follow the instructions in the online application or form.


You can add dependants to your online application - including children who have turned 18 during your stay.

Biometric information

You must also provide your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo).

You can give your biometric information:

You’ll get a biometric residence permit if your application to extend your visa is successful.

Get help completing the online form

You can get help over the phone or in person if you either:

  • don’t have access to a computer
  • don’t have the skills or confidence to fill in the online form

You can’t get immigration advice through this service.

Telephone: 03333 445 675
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges
Text: ‘VISA’ to 07537 416 944

How long it takes

A decision will be made:

  • within 8 weeks for online and postal applications
  • usually on the same day if you use the premium service

You’ll be contacted if your application is complex and will take longer, for example because:

  • your supporting documents need to be verified
  • you need to attend an interview
  • of your personal circumstances (for example if you have a criminal conviction)

Once you’ve applied you can stay in the UK until you’ve been given a decision, as long as you applied before your last visa expired.