Religious Worker Visa (Temporary Work)
The Religious Worker visa (Temporary Work) allows you to do religious work in a non-pastoral role or religious order. You’ll be given visa for up to 24 months.
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Religious Worker Visa (Temporary Work)
If you want to do religious work in a non-pastoral role or religious order then you can apply for a Religious Worker visa (Temporary Work). This visa has replaced the T5 (Temporary Worker) Religious Worker visa.
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Many young people from these countries come to the UK, usually after completing university, to work and travel through the UK for a period of up to two years before returning home to ‘settle down’. Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa provides a passage for many young people who look for the work experience in the UK.
What are the requirements for a Religious Worker visa?
To qualify for a UK Religious Worker visa you must satisfy the following requirements.
- have a certificate of sponsorship reference number from your UK sponsor
- have enough money to support yourself in the UK – you’ll usually need to have at least £1,270 available (unless you’re exempt)
- be 18 or over when you apply
You must also meet all the other eligibility requirements. Please contact us for initial assessment to determine your eligibility, and to discuss the options.
Certificate of sponsorship
A certificate of sponsorship is a unique reference number that holds information about the job you’ll do and your personal details. It’s not an actual certificate or paper document.
Your sponsor will give you the certificate of sponsorship.
Your sponsor must also give you the information they used on your certificate about your job, for example your working hours.
Your sponsor must be recognised by the UK government to issue certificates of sponsorship.
Your certificate of sponsorship is valid for 3 months from the date it is assigned to you.
What are the financial requirements for a UK Religious Worker visa?
You must have at least £1,270 in your bank account to show you can support yourself in the UK.
You will need to have had the money available for at least 28 days in a row. Day 28 must be within 31 days of applying for this visa.
You’ll usually need to show proof of this when you apply, unless either:
- you’ve been in the UK with a valid visa for at least 12 months
- your employer can cover your costs during your first month in the UK, up to £1,270
Your partner and children will also need to prove they can support themselves while they’re in the UK.
If your employer can support you instead
Your certificate of sponsorship must confirm this. Your employer will need to complete the ‘sponsor certifies maintenance’ section on your certificate. This is under ‘Additional data’.
What documents are required for a UK Religious Worker visa?
When you apply you’ll need to provide:
- your certificate of sponsorship reference number – your employer will give you this
- a valid passport or other document that shows your identity and nationality
- evidence that you have enough personal savings to support yourself in the UK, for example bank statements (unless your certificate of sponsorship shows your employer can support you)
- proof of your relationship with your partner or children if they’re applying with you
- your tuberculosis (TB) test results if you’re from a country where you have to take the test
You may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances.
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