This visa category is for those from outside of the European Economic Area (EEA) who have been offered a job within a faith community, for example as a religious minister, missionary or member of a religious order.
You must have an offer of employment with a religious organisation which is licenced to sponsor workers from overseas. To prove this, the employer must provide you with a certificate of sponsorship.
You will also have to show that you have sufficient knowledge of the English language to get by while you are in the UK. This can be done by holding a certificate which shows you have passed an approved English language test with at least CEFR Level B1 in reading writing speaking or listening.
Alternatively, if you hold an academic qualification of at least bachelors degree level, which was taught in and accredited by the English and National Recognition Information Centre (NARIC), then you will pass this requirement.
This visa will entitle you to stay in the UK for up to three years and one month, and can be extended by a further three years.
You will be entitled to work, study and do voluntary work in the UK, as well as bring family members to live with you.
You can also work for up to 20 hours a week in a second job, providing it is within the same profession and at the same level as the job you are doing for the employer you were sponsored by, work in any job which is on the Shortage Occupation List for up to 20 hours per week, or carry out unpaid voluntary work.
You will not be allowed to own more than 10% of the company shares of the organization which sponsored you, or to access public funds (benefits) in the UK.