You can apply for entry clearance as a Tier 2 Minister of Religion if you have been offered a job within a faith community (for example as a minister of religion, missionary, or member of a religious order) in the UK. You must meet the other eligibility requirements.

For you to apply for Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa, you need to:

  • provide a valid certificate of sponsorship reference number from your sponsor
  • show you meet the English language requirement
  • have proof of £945 (funds for maintenance) in savings, unless you are exempt

The Tier 2 (Minister of religion) category is for people who have been offered employment or posts or roles within their faith communities in the UK as:

  • ministers of religion undertaking preaching and pastoral work;
  • missionaries; or
  • members of religious orders.

Pastoral duties include:

  • leading worship regularly and on special occasions;
  • giving religious education to children and adults by preaching or teaching;
  • officiating marriages, funerals and other special services; and
  • offering counselling and welfare support to members of the congregation; and
  • recruiting, training and co-ordinating the work of any local volunteers and lay preachers.

Work as a missionary is not just preaching and teaching. It can include:

  • the organisation of missionary activity (but should not be administrative or clerical, unless filling a senior post);
  • supervising staff;
  • co-ordinating the organisation of missionary work;
  • being in charge of a particular activity such as accounts/finance, personnel management or IT; and
  • translating religious texts - this is missionary work, not clerical work.

Your employer must confirm on your Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) that the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) had been completed before the CoS was assigned to you.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Your Entry Clearance As Tier Minister of Religion?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance applications. The quality of our service is self-evident from the clients' reviews. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application and we will provide you with a fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the British High Commission/Embassy/Consulate in your application for entry clearance as a Tier 2 Minister of Religion;
  • Advising you about the validity of the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) as well as on the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) for your application for Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance;
  • Discussing your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application in detail with you and advising you about its weaknesses and strengths;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Considering contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing an online application form for a Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application and discussing the same with you;
  • preparing a cover letter to introduce and support your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Assisting you with the preparation for an interview to be conducted by an Entry Clearance Officer in relation to your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application and discussing with you possible questions which the interviewing officer may ask you during the interview;
  • Protecting your interests while your Tier 2 Minister of Religion application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on your application;
  • Doing all of the follow-up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until a decision is reached by the Home Office on your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Advising you on the outcome of your application and further steps to be taken by you (if any) upon the receipt of a decision from the Home Office, UKVI.

Our Fee For Tier 2 Minister of Religion Entry Clearance Application

  • We will charge you a fee from £800 (no VAT) for our professional immigration services for your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the application.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application, you can pay half of the fee when instructing us and the rest can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until a decision is made by the Home Office, UKVI on your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee, Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) etc.

Sunrise Solicitors is the trading name of Sunrise Solicitors Ltd (company registration no. 6405492). Sunrise Solicitors Offices are regulated by SRA under SRA ID 490903 (London Office) and SRA ID 645256 (Manchester Office). Sunrise Solicitors are also members of Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA).

 

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