Minister of Religion Visa

The Minister of Religion visa (T2) in the UK is for those offered roles within faith communities. Sponsored by licensed employers, applicants must meet eligibility criteria. Decisions are typically reached within 3 weeks for overseas applications. Fees vary by location. The visa is valid for up to 3 years and 1 month, extendable, with a possibility of settlement after 5 years. Permitted activities include work, voluntary work, and study. Dependents can accompany. Certain restrictions apply, such as limited share ownership and ineligibility for public funds.

Eligibility Requirements

To apply for a Minister of Religion visa, you must have:

  • Certificate of sponsorship from a licensed employer.
  • English proficiency at CEFR level B2 in reading, writing, speaking, and listening, or equivalent qualifications.
  • Personal savings of £1,270 for 28 days, or evidence of employer-covered costs.
  • Travel history verification and tuberculosis test results if applicable.
  • Minimum age requirement of 18 years.
  • Compliance with minimum wage and working hour rules.

English Language Requirements

  • Proof of English proficiency through approved tests or equivalent academic qualifications.
  • Exemptions for nationals of certain countries, detailed in visa guidance.

Required Documents

When applying for the Minister of Religion visa (T2), gather these documents:
  • Certificate of sponsorship reference number.
  • Proof of English proficiency.
  • Evidence of sufficient personal savings or employer support.
  • Valid passport with a blank visa page.
  • Expired passports for travel history.
  • Tuberculosis test results if from a listed country.
  • Certified translations if documents are not in English/Welsh.

Secondary Employment

  • Permitted to work a second job for up to 20 hours weekly in the main profession or a shortage occupation.
  • Unpaid voluntary work is also allowed.
  • Switching jobs requires a new visa and certificate of sponsorship approval.
  • Apply online from within the UK with required documentation and a letter explaining the desire to change visa status.

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