Tier 2 (Minister of religion)
Can you apply?
This section explains the requirements you must meet if you are applying to work in the UK under Tier 2 (Minister of religion) of the points-based system.
To be able to apply, you must score a total of 70 points and meet all the other requirements of the Immigration Rules.
If you are already in the UK in a different immigration category, you may be able to 'switch' into Tier 2 (Minister of religion) - see 'More information' below.
How to score points
Points are awarded as follows:
|Having a certificate of sponsorship||50 points|
|Having sufficient English language ability||10 points|
|Having sufficient maintenance (funds)||10 points|
You may be able to score some points automatically if you are already in the UK in an immigration category that has now closed.
Additional requirement for students
You may need to meet an additional requirement if you are in the UK as a Tier 4 student, or in one of the student categories under the Immigration Rules that were in place before March 2009. For more information, see the Students with financial sponsorship page.
Other requirements (general grounds for refusal)
Even if you meet the requirements described above, we may refuse your application for other reasons (such as your previous immigration history) . For more information about these 'general grounds for refusal', see Chapter 9 of our immigration directorate instructions.
Can you switch into Tier 2 (Minister of religion)?
If you currently have permission to stay in the UK under any of the following immigration categories, you can apply to Tier 2 (Minister of religion) from inside the UK:
- any Tier 1 category
- Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
- Tier 2 (General)
- Tier 2 (Intra company transfer: established staff), if you are applying to switch sponsor
- Tier 2 (Intra company transfer) under the Immigration Rules n place before 6 April 2010, if you are applying to change sponsor
- any Tier 4 category
- dependent partner of a Tier 4 migrant
- Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
- Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
- International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme)
- Business and Commercial work permits (except multiple entry work permits)
- Sports and Entertainment work permits (except multiple entry work permits)
- Jewish agency employee
- Member of the operational ground staff of an overseas-owned airline
- minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order
- overseas qualified nurse or midwife
- person writing up a thesis
- postgraduate doctor or dentist
- representative of an overseas business
- representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation
- student re-sitting an examination
- student nurse
- student union sabbatical officer
If you are not in any of these categories, you must leave the UK and make your Tier 2 (Minister of religion) application from abroad.
If you are switching from Tier 4 or the former categories of student, student nurse, student re-sitting an examination, overseas qualified nurse, person writing up a thesis, postgraduate doctor or dentist or student union sabbatical officer, you must have lawfully obtained a UK bachelors and masters degree, postgraduate certificate in education or professional graduate diploma of education during your current or last permission to stay (period of continuous leave). They do not include, for example, vocational qualifications at degree level which are not degrees. If you are a PhD student, you do not need to have completed your course, but you must have completed at least 12 months' study towards it in the UK.
You must have obtained one of the named qualifications above:
- at a UK institution that is a UK recognised or listed body, or one which holds a sponsor licence under Tier 4 of the points-based system; and
- during your most recent period of permission to stay, or period of continuous permission to stay that includes your most recent permission to stay - this must have included permission for you to study for the qualification.
Proof that your application is genuine
If you are applying for entry clearance, leave to enter or leave to remain, we must be satisfied that you genuinely intend to undertake the role for which the Certificate of Sponsorship was assigned.
If we have concerns we may:
- request additional information and evidence, and refuse the application if this is not provided. Any requested documents must be received within 28 working days of the date the request is sent; and
- request you attend an interview, and refuse the application if you fail to comply.
To help us make a decision we may consider your:
- knowledge of the role;
- experience relative to the skills required to do the role;
- knowledge of your sponsor in the UK;
- explanation of how you were recruited; and
- any other relevant information.
More details can be found in Part 6A of the immigration rules.
Tier 2 policy guidance
- Tier 2 policy guidance PDF 608KB opens in a new window
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