USA and the UK
Minister of Religion Visas
If you are a religious worker or religious missionary, then you may be eligible to apply for a Religious Worker Visa under the Tier 2 Work category.
This will permit you to move from the US to the UK for three years and one month. You will need to take a position as a Minister of Religion (or similar) while you are there.
Get in touch with IAS immigration attorneys to explore your options to travel to the UK as an American minister or religion, or skilled worker.
Who is eligible for a UK Minister of Religion Visa?
To qualify for a Minister of Religion Visa UK, you must have been offered a position in the UK within the faith community, such as the following roles:
- Minister of religion
- Religious worker
Your job offer must be from a registered UK license holder. A license is needed for UK employers to hire American and international talent. You will also need to show that you have enough maintenance funds to support your travel and time before being paid. This will increase for any dependents (children, wife, husband or civil partner) that you plan on taking with you to the UK.
Tier 2 Minister or Religion requirements for US citizens
Before you apply for this visa, you must ensure that you meet the following requirements:
- Holding a certificate of sponsorship for your position
- Prove your knowledge of English (not necessary, if you are a US citizen)
- Have enough personal savings to support yourself and your family in the UK. You must have at least £945 in your bank accounts for 90 days before the date of your application.
- Show your full travel history over the last 5 years and provide all your valid travel documents
You may need to meet different eligibility criteria if you are switching from a Tier 4 visa or applying from within the UK. Get in touch with our immigration lawyers to find out more.
How to apply for a Minister of Religion Visa from the US?
You must submit your Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa application online. Once you have paid your application fees, you need to book an appointment at your nearest visa application center to have your fingerprints and photograph taken.
Your biometric residence permit will be released if your application is successful. You must collect it within 10 days of the date you intend to arrive in the UK.
To ensure that your application is successful, you must prepare an adequate bundle of documents. For this reason, it is recommended to seek the help of IAS’ immigration attorneys.
How can IAS help me apply for a Tier 2 from the US?
The Immigration Advice Service can assist you in putting you in touch with an expert lawyer who can advise you about your Minister of Religion Visa UK. Your lawyer will guide you through your visa application and be your personal point-of-call. We can assist you in obtaining documents such as a Certificate of Sponsorship from your UK Sponsor.
Our lawyers will also meticulously check every document you provide to support your application. You will also receive a Letter of Representation to accompany your application. This provides details of your case and supporting UK immigration law. Call now on +1844 290 6312 or make an inquiry online to speak to an expert immigration lawyer.
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Yes, you can work a second job in the UK but your first job must come as a priority. Any other jobs you take must not impact or negatively affect your sponsored job.
Your second job needs to either be in the same line of religious work or a profession on the UK’s Shortage Occupation List. These jobs are in high demand by the UK government.
You can also:
- Volunteer in work experience or unpaid work/charities
- Travel abroad or back home to the US, providing you come back to the UK while on this visa
- Study in the UK as long as it doesn’t interfere with your job
Yes, you can extend your Tier 2 Religious Visa for an additional three years. However, you will need to provide evidence that you are still required in your religious working position. You will also need to show that you meet the same requirements as you did in your first application.
At the Immigration Advice Service, our expert lawyers who will guide you through your Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa UK application. Advising you at every step of the way, our lawyers will also:
- Verify your documents and evidence;
- Check each application form is assembled to the highest standard;
- Provide you with a Letter of Representation. This details your case to the Home Office alongside supporting immigration laws;
- Cooperate with the UK government (the Home Office) while your application is being processed;
- Arrange and cooperate with your UK Licensed Sponsor. Your lawyer will ensure they have undertaken the correct procedure via a Labor Market Test;
- Acquire your Certificate of Sponsorship from your UK employer.
Contact us now on +1844 290 6312 or use our online contact form to speak with an immigration lawyer about your situation.