UK Religious Worker Visa

For individuals seeking to contribute to religious communities or organizations in the UK, the Religious Worker Visa could be for you. The UK Religious Worker Visa is for religious workers engaging in activities like preaching, pastoral work, and religious duties. This guide covers key requirements for an easy UK journey.


The visa requires you to demonstrate that you:

  • Already have a certificate of sponsorship reference number.
  • Have enough money to support yourself in the UK – usually at least £1,270, though some people are exempt.
  • Be at least 18 years of age when you apply.

Important Information

Religious worker visa is valid for up to 24 months or up to 28 days beyond your sponsorship certificate duration. You can apply up to 3 months before your UK work start date. The application fee for each person applying is £259. You, your partner or children will each need to pay the application fee, pay the healthcare surcharge, which is usually £624 per year, and prove you have enough personal savings. You cannot get public funds. The application can be completed through the online application portal.


The UK Religious Worker Visa provides an avenue for individuals to engage with and contribute to the diverse religious landscape of the United Kingdom. Seek our professional advice if needed, and we will assist in gathering all necessary documentation, and ensure you fully understand your responsibilities as a Religious Worker Visa holder to make the most of your experience in the UK.

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