To apply for Tier 2 Minister of Religion licence you must be a bona fide religious organisation, which:

  • is a registered, excepted or exempt UK charity according to the charity legislation in force in your part of the UK, or is an ecclesiastical corporation, either corporation sole or body corporate, set up for charitable purposes; in Northern Ireland you must have charitable status for tax purposes from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC)
  • is the structure for a faith-based community with a common system of belief and spiritual goals, codes of behaviour and religious practice, which exists to support and/or propagate common beliefs and practices and where beliefs:
    • include any religious belief or similar philosophical belief in something transcendental, metaphysical or ultimate and
    • leave out any philosophical or political belief concerned with man, unless that belief is similar to religious belief
  • does not exclude from your community on the basis of gender, nationality or ethnicity
  • receives financial and material support for your core religious ministry from your congregation or community on a voluntary basis, without promise or coercion
  • does not breach, or encourage others to breach any UK legislation
  • does not work against the public interest, or has a detrimental effect on personal or family life as commonly understood in the UK

You can apply for Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence if you wish to employ a Minister of Religion. Unless an exemption applies, you must advertise the job of Minister of Religion through Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) before you can offer the job to a potential Tier 2 Minister of Religion Migrant.

You can apply for the Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence online on the Home Office, UKVI website.

Once you have submitted your online application, you must then send to the Home Office, UKVI all of the following to validate your application. A valid application must:

  1. contain the original submission sheet (not a certified copy), which has been signed and dated by the Authorising Officer (all pages must be sent); and
  2. contain all of the documents listed on the submission sheet as mandatory documents (originals or certified copies); and
  3. all be sent in together within 5 working days of completion of the electronic application.

To get a Tier 2 Minister of Religion licence, you must apply to the Home Office, UKVI, supplying specified documents to prove that you are suitable and eligible. The Home Office, UKVI will carry out appropriate checks before deciding whether to grant the Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence. The Home Office, UKVI considers an application to join the sponsor register by assessing whether you meet the relevant requirements. If your application for Tier 2 Minister of Religion Sponsor Licence is accepted by the Home Office, UKVI, you will be issued with SMS login ID and password to manage your Minister of Religion sponsor licence online. Your Minister of Religion sponsor licence will be valid for 4 years and can be renewed online prior to the expiry of the licence.

Allocation Of Tier 2 Minister of Religion Certificates Of Sponsorship (CoS)

Once you have been granted a Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence you will be able to assign certificates of sponsorship (CoS) to migrants who wish to come to, or stay in the UK to work as Tier 2 Minister of Religion. The Home Office, UKVI will decide how many certificates of sponsorship (CoS) you will be allowed to assign under Tier 2 sponsorship licence.

For migrants, being assigned a certificate of sponsorship (CoS) is an essential part of qualifying for entry clearance (if they are outside the UK) or leave to remain (permission to extend their stay while in the UK). But there are also other requirements set out in the immigration rules that they must meet. They must score enough points, and are likely to be refused if there is anything in their personal or immigration history that suggests that their presence in the UK is not desirable.

Duties As A Tier 2 Minister of Religion Licenced Sponsor

As a Tier 2 Minister of Religion licensed sponsor you must comply with certain duties, including, but not restricted to, a duty to inform the Home Office, UKVI if the Tier 2 Minister of Religion does not turn up for work, or if he is absent without permission for a significant period. You must also keep proper records of the migrants you sponsor, including contact details and a copy of their biometric residence permit (BRP), and supply any documentation to the Home Office, UKVI on request.

The Home Office, UKVI will monitor your behaviour and compliance with your duties once you have been granted Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence. In particular the Home Office, UKVI will:

  • set a limit on the number of certificates of sponsorship (CoS) you can assign as a Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor, and review your performance after you have assigned a certain number;
  • make visits, pre-arranged or not, to check compliance; and
  • refer cases for civil penalty action to be taken where the Home Office, UKVI find evidence that you have breached the illegal working regulations.

Tier 2 Minister of Religion Sponsor Licence Rating

You will get an A-rated licence if your application for Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence is approved.

A-rating - full sponsor licence

An A-rated licence lets you start assigning certificates of sponsorship (CoS) and your business will be listed in the register of sponsors.

Downgrading to B-rating

Your A-rated licence may be downgraded to a B-rating at a later stage if you don’t continue to meet your sponsor duties. If this happens, you won’t be able to issue new certificates of sponsorship (CoS) until you have made improvements and upgraded back to an A-rating.

You will still be able to issue certificates of sponsorship (CoS) to workers you already employ who want to apply for Tier 2 Minister of Religion Extension.

Upgrade to an A-rating

You need to follow an ‘action plan’ provided by the Home Office, UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to upgrade your Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence. At the end of the action plan you’ll be upgraded to an A-rating if you complete all the steps and there’s nothing else you need to improve. You’ll lose your Tier 2 Minister of Religion licence if you don’t complete all the steps.

If you need to make other improvements, you’ll be given another B-rating and will have to follow a new action plan.

You can only have 2 B-ratings in the 4 years that your licence is valid. You’ll lose your licence if you still need to make improvements after your second action plan.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Tier 2 Minister of Religion Sponsor Licence Application?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with application to the Home Office for Tier 2 Minister of Religion Sponsor Licence. The quality of our service is self-evident from the clients' reviews 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 application for Tier 2 Minister of Religion Sponsor Licence and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence, the work to be done by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking instructions from you about the vacant position of the Minister of Religion and advising you whether or not you will be able to satisfy the Home Office criteria for the grant of the Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence;
  • Advising you about the Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) and how the requirements of the Home Office, UKVI in relation to the RLMT can be satisfied;
  • Advising the steps to be taken prior to submission of the Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence application;
  • Advising on the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence application;
  • Considering the contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence application and discussing the same with you;
  • Discussing your Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence application in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your application for sponsor licence;
  • Completing the online application form for Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence application to be submitted online; 
  • Preparing a detailed cover letter and providing the relevant information as required by the Home Office in relation to the business, vacancy, the resident labour market test (RLMT), the details of the identified migrant worker, the relevant SOC code, the salary to be paid, the details of the Authorising Officer etc
  • Assisting you with sending the original documents to the Home Office, UKVI following submission of the online application for sponsorship licence within the specified time;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on the Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence application;
  • Protecting your interests while your application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed of the progress on your sponsor licence application;
  • Advising on how you should handle the visit by the Home Office for compliance check before decision on the sponsor licence application and advising you on the sponsor duties including the record keeping duties as a sponsor;
  • Doing all the follow up work until decision is reached on the Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence application by the Home Office, UKVI;
  • Advising you on the next steps to be taken upon receipt of the decision on the application.

Our Fee For Tier 2 Minister of Religion Sponsor Licence Application

  • We will charge you a fee from £1500.00 + VAT for our professional immigration services in relation to your application for Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the matter.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI on the Tier 2 Minister of Religion sponsor licence 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. the Home Office, UKVI fee for the licence application etc.

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