The UK people take pride in having achieved social integration while respecting cultural diversities. The immigrants have brought diverse religions as well as diversities in culture and language. Though 60% or more of the population in the UK are Christians, its law and their daily life reflect a culture that emphasizes caring for each other while pursuing harmony in religions. UK warrants religious freedom and has a religion visa scheme so as to ensure free religious activities.
- The Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa can be applied for by religious workers, missionary, or monks invited by a faith community with a sponsorship license in the UK.
The applicant needs to prove his English proficiency with accredited certificates and financial ability to support his family sufficiently and independently without any government subsidy.
Conditions of Stay
- The visa holder may engage in paid or free part-time work for up to 20 hours [a week] in the same religious activities provided under the Immigration law.
Religious visa holders may also be accompanied by their family members.
The spouse and children below 18 years of age may apply for dependent visa.
The accompanying family members may apply for their visa together with the main visa applicant or separately at a later date.
Children below 18 years of age may enjoy the merit of being admitted to a public school when the visa is issued.
Length of Stay
- Visa application may be made for up to three months prior to departure from the home country.
Initial visa application for a shorter term between three years and one year or one month plus the period indicated in the CoS may be made.
Three years' extension may be requested later.
When the visa holder stays in the UK for a total of five years, he/she may apply for residency.