Tier 5 Religious Worker
What is a Tier 5 Religious Workers Visa?
This scheme provides individuals with the opportunity to come to the UK temporarily in order to work as religious workers in a non-pastoral role or as visiting religious workers who are employed abroad in the same capacity. Activities under this scheme may include preaching, performing religious rites, reading to congregations of faith, some pastoral work and non-pastoral work.
The Home Office will also check that applicants are genuine and that they intend to meet the conditions of leave they apply for.
Requirements for the Tier 5 Religious Workers Visa
The applicant should be qualified in their role or for the job they intend to undertake in the UK. The applicant must intend to take employment for the sponsor only as a visiting religious worker or as a religious worker in a non-pastoral role and will be required to work only at specified location. They will be expected to comply with all the conditions of their visa and should leave the UK upon expiry of their visa.
Employers sponsoring applicants under this category will be required to do following:
(a) issue certificate of sponsorship which guarantees these conditions, and
(b) additionally provide undertaking that they will accept the responsibilities of sponsorship for the applicant, support the applicant through funds and/or accommodation (where applicable), and
(c) Declare that the applicant will not be denying employment in this role for a suitably qualified member of the resident labour force in the UK.
Point Scoring Requirements
All applicants will need to score a total of 40 points for the above criteria.
Applicants will need to score of 40 points in order to successfully submit an application for the Tier 5 (Temporary Workers) scheme.
30 Point - Certificate of Sponsorship
10 points - Maintenance of (Funds)
To score points under this section, applicants will need to prove that that they have sufficient funding to support themselves for the duration of their stay in the UK or this can also be sponsored by the sponsor on the Certificate of Sponsorship.
The requirement is as follows:
At least £945 of personal savings in applicants’ own bank account for at least 3 months prior to the date of the application plus £630 for each dependant, bank statements to be dated within 28 days before the date of application; OR
A-rated sponsor guarantees the applicant’s maintenance on the certificate of sponsorship (COS). (Please note that the sponsor is unable to certify maintenance for any of accompanying dependants).