If you are already in the UK under a visa category which allows you to switch your immigration status to Tier 2 Minister of Religion, you can make an application for stay as Tier 2 Minister of Religion from inside the UK. You must meet all the relevant requirements including any conditions with regards to switching from your current visa status to the Tier 2 Minister of Religion category. A Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) must be issued by your prospective employer for you to apply for Tier 2 Minister of Religion leave from inside the UK.

Who Can Switch Into Tier 2 Minister Of Religion Visa Category From Inside The UK?

You can apply to change (‘switch’) from another visa category to a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa from inside the UK. For you to successfully switch into Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa, you must meet the Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) eligibility requirements and must already be in the UK under any of the following visas:

  • Tier 1 visa
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa
  • Tier 2 (General) visa
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer: established staff) visa and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 2 (Intra-company Transfer) visa under the Immigration Rules in place before 6 April 2010 and you’re applying to change sponsor
  • Tier 4 visa, or you’re a on another kind of student visa - read ‘Switching from a Tier 4 visa’ below
  • Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Creative and sporting) for a job as a professional footballer and you meet the Tier 2 (Sportsperson) requirements
  • Highly Skilled Migrant Programme
  • Innovator Scheme
  • Fresh Talent: Working in Scotland Scheme
  • International Graduates Scheme (or its predecessor, the Science and Engineering Graduate Scheme)
  • Business and Commercial work permit (except multiple entry work permits)
  • Sports and Entertainment work permit (except multiple entry work permits)

You can also switch to a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa if you meet the eligibility requirements and you are:

  • a dependent partner of someone with a Tier 4 visa
  • a Jewish agency employee
  • operational ground staff of an overseas-owned airline
  • a minister of religion, missionary or member of a religious order
  • an overseas qualified nurse or midwife
  • writing up a thesis
  • a postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • a representative of an overseas business
  • a representative of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation
  • a student union sabbatical officer

Switching From Tier 4 General Student Visa Category To Tier 2 Minister Of Religion Visa Category

You can switch to Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa category from a Tier 4 or other student visa if you have an eligible qualification from a licensed tier 4 sponsor. Your licenced Tier 4 sponsor must have sponsored your visa to study for that qualification.

The eligible qualifications are:

  • a UK bachelors degree
  • a UK masters degree
  • a postgraduate certificate in education
  • a professional graduate diploma of education

The other student visa categories are:

  • student
  • student nurse
  • student re-sitting an examination
  • overseas qualified nurse
  • person writing up a thesis
  • postgraduate doctor or dentist
  • student union sabbatical officer

If you are a PhD student, you must have completed at least 12 months’ study for your PhD during your most recent stay in the UK as Tier 4 General Migrant.

Why Sunrise Solicitors For Switching Into Tier 2 Minister Of Religion Visa?

The immigration solicitors at Sunrise Solicitors are experts in dealing with applications for switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa. 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 switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa and our immigration solicitors will provide you fast, friendly, reliable and professional immigration service.

If instructed to represent you regarding your application for switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa, the immigration casework to be carried out by our immigration solicitors will include the following:

  • Taking detailed instructions from you and advising you about the relevant immigration laws and procedures to be adopted by the Home Office, UKVI in your application for switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa;
  • Discussing your immigration case in detail with you and advising you about the weaknesses and strengths of your Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa application;
  • Assisting you and your employer with correctly assigning the Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) for successful switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion category;
  • Advising you about the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of your application for switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion category from inside the UK;
  • Considering contents of the documentary evidence to be submitted in support of the Tier 2 Minister of Religion application and discussing the same with you;
  • Completing the online application form for Tier 2 Minister of Religion leave and discussing the same with you;
  • Preparing a cover letter to introduce and support the Tier  2 Minister of Religion application wherein our immigration lawyers will explain in detail the relevant requirements of the law and how such requirements have been duly satisfied by you for successfully switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion category;
  • Submitting your Tier 2 Minister of Religion application to the Home Office, UKVI through our Same Day Visa Service to get a decision on your application in one day;
  • Liaising with the Home Office, UKVI for a timely decision on your application for switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa;
  • Protecting your interests while your  Tier 2 Minister of Religion application is pending with the Home Office, UKVI and keeping you informed about the progress on your Tier 2 Minister of Religion application;
  • Doing all the follow up work including responding to any queries raised by the Home Office, UKVI until decision is reached on your Tier 2 Minister of Religion application;
  • Advising you on the outcome of your application and further steps to be taken by you following receipt of the decision on your application.

Our Fee For Switching Into Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa

  • We will charge you a fee from £700.00 + VAT for our professional immigration services for an application for switching into Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa through our Same Day visa Service. The agreed fee will depend on the complexity of the matter and the casework involved in the Tier 2 Minister of Religion 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 application, you can pay half of the fee at the time of instructing us and the balance can be paid by monthly instalments.
  • The agreed fee will cover all our work until decision by the Home Office, UKVI on the Tier 2 Minister of Religion 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, Immigration Healthcare Surcharge (IHS) etc.

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