Visa Guide for Religious Leaders: Tier 2 Minister of Religion vs. Temporary Religious Worker

14 Aug 2023, 05 mins ago

This blog provides aspiring religious leaders with a comparison between the UK’s Tier 2 Minister of Religion and Temporary Religious Worker visas.

Purpose and Eligibility

The Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa is designed for religious leaders, missionaries, or ministers who have been offered a permanent role within a UK faith community. To qualify, the applicant must possess a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed UK-based religious organisation and meet the English language requirement.

The Temporary Religious Worker visa on the other hand is designed for individuals who wish to engage in short-term religious activities in the UK but who have not been offered a permanent role. There is no English language requirement for this visa, but a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed organisation is still required. In addition, those applying for a Temporary Religious Worker visa must show that they have access to a set amount of funds in their personal bank account (currently £1,270) at the date of application.

Both visa routes allow you to apply with a dependent partner and/or children under the age of 18.

Duration and Eligibility for Settlement

The Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa typically grants the holder a stay of up to three years, with an option to extend for two more years. After five years of continuous stay, individuals may become eligible to apply for indefinite leave to remain (ILR), also known as settlement or permanent residence, in the UK.

By contrast, the Temporary Religious Worker visa is shorter in duration, and is normally issued for a maximum of 2 years. It is not a category which leads to settlement in the UK.

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