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Tier 2 Minister of Religion frequently asked questions (FAQ)

This category (The Tier 2 Minister of religion) was designed for individuals who are given employment to take up a Position/Role/Post in the United Kingdom within his/her faith community either as a Minister of Religion who will partake in giving sermons and other clerical work, a Missionary, or a Religious Order member.
Points in the Tier 2 Minister of Religion category are awarded as:
  • 50 points for holding a Certificate of Sponsorship
  • 10 points for English Language Prowess
  • 10 points for having adequate fund for maintenance.

For an employer to be added to the register of sponsor, they will need to have a licence. Information on the name, location and classification of the organization is contained in the register of sponsor. The sponsors will be classified as an A or a B sponsor. Being classified as a B sponsor means that the sponsor is in transition, working with the Home Office to make better their system.
This is not an actual paper document or certificate but it is a distinctive reference number that has personal information of the applicant as well as details of the job.

The Certificate of Sponsorship can be said to be a 'virtual document' that is given to a migrant by a licensed sponsor (employer). The Certificate of Sponsorship number is required to be provided by the applicant whilst making an application for authorization to take up work in the United Kingdom under this category.
Application for Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa or Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) as a Minister of Religion can be done through the Home Office same day visa service after which a decision will be made on your application within 24 hours by the Premium Service Centres, of the Home Office. .
The Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa application form can be downloaded from the web site of the Home Office.
In order to make an application for the Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa from outside the United Kingdom, you can download the application form VAF 9 and the PBS Appendix 5 Skilled Worker Self-Assessment form from the Home Office Visa Services website.
If you have legitimately spent 5 years continuously living in the United Kingdom under the Tier 2 Minister of Religion, you are authorized to make an application for Indefinite Leave of Remain (ILR) under the Tier 2 Minister of Religion Category. The same day visa service is available for applications under the Indefinite Leave of Remain as a Tier 2 Minister of Religion category.
An application for a Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa done from a foreign country which has been refused can be confronted by making an appeal to the First Tier Tribunal in 28 days after the rejection letter was received.

An application for a Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa done from within the UK which has been refused can be confronted by making an in-country appeal to the First-Tier Tribunal in 10 days after the rejection letter was received or five working days in a case where you were detained when the letter was issued. In a situation where you were not given right to make an appeal, you can confront the decision through Judicial Review in High Court in 90 days after the receipt of the letter of refusal.
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