The Tier 2 (Minister of religion) category is for people who have been offered employment or posts or roles within their faith communities in the UK as:

  • ministers of religion undertaking preaching and pastoral work;
  • missionaries; or
  • members of religious orders.

Pastoral duties include:

  • leading worship regularly and on special occasions;
  • giving religious education to children and adults by preaching or teaching;
  • officiating at marriages, funerals and other special services; and
  • offering counselling and welfare support to members of the congregation; and
  • recruiting, training and co-ordinating the work of any local volunteers and lay preachers.

Work as a missionary is not just preaching and teaching. It can include:

  • the organisation of missionary activity (but should not be administrative or clerical, unless filling a senior post);
  • supervising staff;
  • co-ordinating the organisation of missionary work;
  • being in charge of a particular activity such as accounts/finance, personnel management or IT; and
  • translating religious texts - this is missionary work, not clerical work.

The work in a religious order must be in the order itself, or outside work directed by the order.

If you are a member of a religious order and you want to study for a qualification, a formal full-time course of study or training in an academic institution not looked after by the order, you should not apply to Tier 2 (Minister of religion. Instead, you should apply as a student under Tier 4 of the points-based system.

Working full-time as a teacher in a school run by a church or missionary organisation does not count as missionary work. If this is the work that you will be doing, you must apply as a teacher under the Tier 2 (General) category.

If your Certificate of Sponsorship was assigned on or after 6 April 2012, you should confirm with your sponsor that they have indicated that a resident labour market test has been completed on the Certificate of Sponsorship, or that they have justified that the role you will be undertaking is supernumerary and you will not be filling a vacant position that could otherwise be filled by a settled worker and you intend to be based in the UK for the duration of your permission to stay.

In order for a Certificate of Sponsorship to be assigned on or after the 6 April 2012, your sponsor will need to have confirmed that they will support you through funds and/or accommodation that is / are sufficient for you to maintain yourself throughout the period of employment stated on your Certificate of Sponsorship, and that you will receive pay and conditions at least equal to, or excess of those normally given to a settled worker in the same role. This may be a traditional salary, stipend, customary offering, board and lodgings or a combination of these.

Challenging Refusal Of Entry Clearance As Tier 2 Minister Of Religion

A refusal of an entry clearance application as a Tier 2 Minister of Religion is challenged by way of Administrative Request to the Entry Clearance Manager (ECM). If refusal is maintained by the Entry Clearance Manager, then the same can be challenged by way of Judicial Review in High Court.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Your Entry Clearance Application As Tier 2 Minister Of Religion?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with entry clearance applications for Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa. The quality of our service is self-evident from the reviews of our clients about the service provided by our immigration lawyers. You can contact us if you are seeking legal help from immigration lawyers in London in relation to your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application, we will do the following for you:

  • Our immigration solicitors will take detailed instructions from you and advise you about the relevant immigration law and procedures to be adopted by the British High Commission/Embassy/Consulate in your application for entry clearance as Tier 2 Minister of Religion;
  • Our immigration solicitors will discuss your immigration case in detail with you and advise you about the weaknesses and strengths of your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Our immigration solicitors will advise you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Our immigration solicitors will consider contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application and discuss the same with you;
  • Our immigration solicitors will complete the application form for Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application and discuss the same with you;
  • Our immigration solicitors will prepare a covering letter to introduce and support the Tier  2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Our immigration solicitors will liaise with the Immigration Officer for expeditious decision on the Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Our immigration solicitors will protect your interests while your  Tier 2 Minister of Religion application is pending with the Home Office, UKBA and keep you informed of the progress on your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Our immigration solicitors will do all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKBA until decision is reached on your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application;
  • Our immigration solicitors will advise you about the implications of the Home Office decision on your application.

Our Fee For Tier 2 Minister of Religion Entry Clearance Application

  • We will charge you a fee from £1000.00 (No VAT) for our professional immigration services for Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application.
  • If you cannot afford to pay our fee in full at the time of instructing us in relation to your Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and the balance can be paid by monthly installments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office , UKBA on the Tier 2 Minister of Religion entry clearance application. However, it is pertinent to note that the agreed fee will not cover any disbursements to be incurred by  us on your behalf e.g. translation of documents, Home Office fee etc.

 

     

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Sunrise Solicitors is the trading name of Sunrise Solicitors Ltd and is registered under company registration no. 6405492. The registered office is at 228 Merton High Street, South Wimbledon, London SW19 1AU. A list of Directors and other members of staff is available for inspection at the registered office. Sunrise Solicitors are registered with the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA Registration No. 490903 and are regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. Sunrise Solicitors are also members of Immigration Law Practitioners' Association.