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What is the Minister of Religion Visa?

The Minister of Religion Visa is a category of visa in the United Kingdom that allows religious workers to enter and work in the country as ministers of religion, missionaries, or members of religious orders. This visa category is designed for individuals who have been offered a job or a position within a religious organization in the UK.

Here are key details about the Minister of Religion Visa:

Eligibility criteria: To be eligible for the Minister of Religion Visa, applicants must have a job offer from a UK-based religious organization that holds a valid Tier 2 or Tier 5 sponsorship license. The job offer must be for a ministerial or religious work position, such as a religious leader, preacher, or missionary.

Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS): The religious organization that is employing the individual must provide them with a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS). The CoS serves as evidence that the organization is sponsoring the individual for the visa and has fulfilled specific obligations.

English language proficiency: Applicants are generally required to demonstrate their proficiency in the English language by meeting the specified language requirements. This can be done by passing an approved English language test or having an academic qualification that was taught in English.

Immigration Health Surcharge: When applying for the visa, individuals are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge, which provides access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) during their stay.

Length of stay: The initial Minister of Religion Visa can be granted for up to three years, depending on the length of the job offer. After three years, individuals may be eligible to apply for an extension of stay.

Settlement (indefinite leave to remain): Individuals who hold a Minister of Religion Visa may be eligible to apply for settlement (indefinite leave to remain) in the UK after a certain period of continuous residence, typically five years.

It’s important to note that the UK immigration system is subject to change, and specific requirements may vary over time. It’s advisable to consult the official UK government website or seek professional immigration advice for the most up-to-date and accurate information regarding the Minister of Religion Visa and its requirements.

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