Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Sponsor Licence


Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh

In September 2014 the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh was granted an A rated Sponsor Licence.

When the Archdiocese wishes to employ a Minister of Religion or a Religious Worker from outside the EEA we can only do so if that worker already has unrestricted permission to work in the UK. If they do not have unrestricted permission to work in the UK, or are outside the UK, the Archdiocese must sponsor the person under the Sponsor Licence arrangement, using Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa and Tier 5 (Temporary Worker - Religious Worker) visa. These are the only Tiers under which the Archdiocese can sponsor a Minister of Religion or Religious worker.

In both Tiers the Archdiocese must sponsor the Minister of Religion or Religious Worker by issuing them with a Certificate of Sponsorship before they can complete a Visa Application in their country of residence.

Tier 2 is reserved for graduate level occupations only. This category of sponsorship is available for Ministers of Religion coming to the UK to fill vacancies that cannot be filled by a resident worker and are within a bona fide religious organisation. This category includes anyone undertaking preaching and pastoral work. The Archdiocese must first conduct a Resident Labour Market Test (RLMT) to establish that no suitable resident workers can be found. This category is also used for missionaries or members of religious orders.

Tier 5 is for temporary Religious workers to come to the UK to work on short-term assignments, their duties may include preaching, pastoral and non-pastoral work. Religious workers seeking to come to work in the UK and a member of a religious order are employed in the same capacity as they were overseas.  

More information can be found at the UKVI, UK Visas and Immigration website below:

Tier 2 Minister of Religion Visa

Tier 5 Religious Worker


Sponsored Licence Priest Coordinator

Jacqueline Heron BA(Hons) MA MSc
Sponsor Licence Priest Coordinator - Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh
T: 0131 623 8904
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