Tier 5 (Temporary Worker – Religious Worker) visa

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Religious Workers

This category category is for people coming to the UK to work temporarily as a religious worker.
This includes work such as preaching, working as a pastor, or working in a monastery or convent. In order to apply under this category you must have a valid Tier 5 certificate of sponsorship from a licensed Tier 5 sponsor religious organisation.

If your main reason for coming to the UK is to do preaching and pastoral work on a long term basis, you should apply under the Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa.

Length of stay

Usually until one month after the period of work stated on your certificate of sponsorship, and up to 2 years with extensions.


Tier 5 Religious Worker visa applicants must have funds of at least £945, unless their Tier 5 sponsor can guarantee their maintenance with the UK Home Office. Only 'A rated' sponsors have this option.

Further information, help, and advice

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