Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa - Skilled Worker
Skilled Worker Visa UK
Introduction to Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa
Under the new point-based Immigration system and Skilled Worker category, which has now replaced the previous Tier 2 category, the Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa route allows faith-based employers to recruit a skilled person who has a key leading role within their faith-based organisation or religious order in the UK.
In this article, we will explore mainly that what does it entail to qualify for the Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa.
Who Is Minister of Religion?
The Minister of Religion route is for those skilled workers who intend to fill mainly the pastoral roles in bona fide religious organisations, or at the Ministry of Defence. It includes anyone doing the preaching and pastoral work, such as ministers of religion. It is also for those coming to the UK as missionaries or members of religious orders, this includes, Imams, Rabbis and priests etc.
Income requirement for T2 Minister of Religion
There is no specific income requirement. In most skilled Immigration Law categories, the income threshold is either £25,600 per annum or going rate whichever is higher. However, under the Minister of Religion category, the income requirement is that the sponsor/employer must not pay less than the minimum wages required by law and these wages should not be less than what generally paid to existing minister of religions in the UK.
Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa can bring their dependents (partner and dependent children) with them if they meet the requirements for dependants. The detail is provided below.
In order to secure the required points, the Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa has to pass the Language test equivalent to B2.
In order to qualify for the point-based immigration system, the minister of religion must secure 70 points. This includes a Certificate of Sponsor which is weighted at 50 points, a B2 or equivalent English Language certificate which will provide further 10 points and lastly the required finances, which will provide the Minister of Religion a further 10 points.
Points required for T2 Minister or Religion Application: 70
Certificate of Sponsor from Approved Sponsor/Employer
Finances /Available Funds
Yes, Ministers of Religion and the family members can apply to settle in the UK after 5 years’ continuous residence in the UK provided, the Minister of Religion is still in employment as Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa, of good character and has not breached any immigration rules.
In order to secure the required 10 points under finances, the applicant has to prove to the home office that he has access to at least £1,270 for at least 28 days before the submission of their visa application or the applicant’s A-rated sponsor must confirm on the Certificate of Sponsorship that they will if it is necessary, maintain and accommodate the applicant up to the end of the first month of their employment for an amount of at least £1,270.
Finances for Family Members
If the family members of the Minister of Religion are applying along with the main applicant than in this case the family member must show that they have access to the following funds for
- £285 for a dependent partner living with or joining the Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa in the UK; and
- £315 for the first child living with or joining their parent in the UK; and
- £200 for each additional child living with or joining their parent in the UK.
Application Fees for T2 Minister of Religion
The Fees charged by the home office are the following.
- Application fee – £1,220 from abroad or £1,408 from within the UK
- Biometric enrolment fee – £19.20
• Immigration Health Surcharge – £1560 -£3120,
(The correct amount of the Immigration Health Surcharge will depend upon the Certificate of the Sponsor, that whether it is for 30 months or full 5 years. If the employer issues a CoS for 30 months, then the IHS payable will be £1560 and for the full 5 years it will be £3120)
• Priority fees (not mandatory) – £300/£500
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