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:
For an individual to carry out missionary duties, in addition to preaching and teaching he/she is expected to also:
Work as a missionary is not just preaching and teaching. It can include:
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 individual’s 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:-
More so, if the Certificate of Sponsorship is to be assigned on or after the 6 April 2012, the individual’s sponsor will be required to confirm some issues, they include: