UK Religious Worker Visa


This visa category is designed for individuals who intend to participate in non-pastoral or order-related religious functions within the UK. To be eligible, applicants must be 18 or older, hold a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed UK sponsor, and show proof of financial stability, typically a minimum of £1,270 in savings. This visa does not apply to anyone who has been on a Religious Worker or Charity Worker visa in the previous year, except for those who spent the full year abroad. The certificate of sponsorship is a non-negotiable requirement, with the sponsoring organization being an officially recognized body in the UK. This visa category allows a stay for up to 24 months and includes certain permissions for study and secondary employment.


  • Certificate of Sponsorship: A valid certificate of sponsorship reference number from an officially recognized UK sponsor is mandatory.
  • Sufficient Funds: Proof of financial means is required, usually a minimum of £1,270 in your bank account for 28 consecutive days within a month of applying, with certain exceptions for long-term UK residents or if your sponsoring employer covers your initial costs in the UK.
  • Age Requirement: Applicants must have reached the age of 18 at the time of application.
  • Previous Visa Restrictions: Recent holders of a Religious Worker or Charity Worker visa are ineligible unless they have been residing outside the UK for the past year.
  • Work Compliance: Employment must comply with the UK’s minimum wage laws and work hours regulations.


  • Work Authorization: You can carry out religious work or activities related to a religious order in the UK.
  • Duration of Stay: You are allowed to stay for 24 months, with a potential addition of 28 days beyond what your certificate of sponsorship states.
  • Study Options: Studying in the UK is permitted under certain conditions.
  • Secondary Employment: It’s possible to take a second job within the same sector and at the same level as your main religious work for up to 20 hours per week.
  • Shortage Occupation List Employment: Work up to 20 hours per week in a job on the Skilled Worker shortage occupation list, aside from your main religious duties.
  • Family Members: You can bring dependents to the UK for the duration of your stay.

How long you can stay?

The visa grants a maximum stay of up to 24 months, plus up to 28 additional days past the period outlined in your certificate of sponsorship.

Processing time

Application processing times differ depending on whether you apply from within or outside the UK, taking approximately 3 weeks from outside the UK, and 8 weeks from within. Faster processing may be available for an additional fee.

How Nexus Law Firm can help you?

At Nexus Law Firm, our immigration specialists stand ready to assist with obtaining the Temporary Work – Religious Worker visa. Our team provides thorough guidance throughout the application stages, ensuring all prerequisites are met, particularly regarding the vital certificate of sponsorship. We offer adept advice on financial documentation and support evidence, alongside guidance on expedited processing options. Leveraging our legal acumen, Nexus Law Firm can help applicants overcome hurdles and elevate the chance of a successful visa application, simplifying and streamlining the pursuit of religious vocations within the UK.

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