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The United Kingdom prides itself on being a cultural melting pot. Indeed, in London alone it is estimated that 100 different languages are spoken relecting the diversity and cultural richness that the capital has to offer. In addition to the lingustic and cultural benefits that migrants have brought to the capital is the religious diversity that can be found, not only across the capital, but across the United Kingdom. Whilst around 60% of people in the United Kingdom identify as Christian the population is made up of an equally diverse number of religions.  In order to service the religious needs of the population the Home Office have set our rules that allow for those offering pastoral services to come to the UK under the Tier 2 as a minister of religion.

Westkin Associates can help you to service both your congregation and your immigration law needs and have worked closely with various churches and mosques to have key religious individuals ‘ visas granted in order for them to perform their religious duties in the United Kingdom. Our immigration lawyers are available to advice on a range of topics relating to this specific immigration category and can be reached on info@westkin.com or via 0207 1184 546.

Below we have documented a rough outline of a) the general duties that a religious worker should fulfill and b) the key requirements needed to be met to obtain the visa. We want to stress that these points are intended for use as a guideline only and subsquently should not be taken as advice. Whilst applying for a visa may seem easy there are often unforeseen complexities that can jeopardise the chances of your application being successful.

Contact our teams on 0207 118 4546 or via info@westkin.com and the Enquiry Box to the right hand side of this page and speak to an expert today!

This category is for individuals who wish to enter the UK and work within their religious sect. In order for them to be able to do so, they must be able to fill one of the various job titles, such as:

–   Acting as ministers of religion;

–   Acting as missionaries; or

–   Acting as members of religious orders.

The general duties that a religious worker should fulfill is as follows:

General Pastoral Duties;

–   Leading worship ceremonies;

–  Giving religious education by preaching;

–   Giving religious education by teaching;

–   Holding marriage and other ceremonies;

–   Offering counselling and welfare support to members of the faith;

–   Interviewing and Training and Co-ordinating the work of any local volunteers and lay

–   preachers;

–   Missionary preaching;

–   Missionary training.

–   Translating religious texts

Key Requirements:

(a)  The applicant has a certificate of sponsorship from an organisation that has Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) Licence

(b) That the applicant can prove his level of maintenance

(c) Can provide he has made out the English Language requirements

The above points are intended as for guideline purposes only should be used accordingly. For further information and to book an appointment with one of our lawyers, please contact our experienced Immigration Lawyers

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