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Entering the UK as a Minister Of Religion

This immigration route was created for individuals who have been offered employment, posts or roles in the UK to take up positions within their religious faith communities such as:

  • Ministers of religion who is take up the duty of preaching as well as other pastoral work.
  • Missionaries
  • Religious orders membership.

For an individual to carry out missionary duties, in addition to preaching and teaching he/she is expected to also:

  • Organize the missionary activities, which should not administrative or clerical, except in the absence of the Superior Office holder.
  • Take up supervisory duties.
  • Be the coordinator of the missionary work.
  • Take control of activities like IT, Personnel Management or Accounts/Finance.
  • When it is required, be a translator of religious texts as it is a Missionary job not a clerical one.

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.
  • Please note that if the applicant, as a member of a religious order seeks to undertake studies for an educational qualification on a full time or part time basis in an educational organization that is not managed by the Order, they will need to make an application as a student under Tier 4 student visa route and not apply for Tier 2 Minister of Religion.

    If the individualís intention to enter the United Kingdom is to take up a Full-time job as a teacher in a school that is managed by the religious body or missionary organization, he/she is required to make an application as a teacher under Tier 2 (General) category and not apply for Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) because such job is not seen to be a missionary job.

    If the individual is issued a Certificate of Sponsorship that was assigned on or after 6 April 2012, he/she is required to confirm some issues with his/her sponsor. They include:-

    • The indication of the completion of an RLMT.
    • Justification of the role to be undertaken by the individual, the supernumerary nature of the role; stating further that no vacant position which may be filled by a settled worker will be occupied by the applicant.
    • The individualís intension to reside in the UK for a period of time as specified in the permit granted.

    More so, if the Certificate of Sponsorship is to be assigned on or after the 6 April 2012, the individualís sponsor will be required to confirm some issues, they include:

    • Support of the applicant through sufficient funding for accommodation needs and maintenance during the applicant employment in the UK as stated on the Certificate of Sponsorship.
    • That the individual will receive payments as salary, stipend, customary offerings, board and lodgings or a combination of these; and conditions which will be equal to or more than that which is given to settled workers of the same position.
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