You can apply for a Religious Worker visa if:

  • you want to do religious work in a non-pastoral role or religious order
  • you meet the other eligibility requirements

This visa has replaced the T5 (Temporary Worker) Religious Worker visa.


You must have a certificate of sponsorship from a licensed sponsor before you can apply to come to the UK to work.

The work you do in the UK must relate to your sponsor organization’s work.

How long does it take

You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you are due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.

As part of your application, you’ll need to prove your identity and provide your documents.

You may need to allow extra time if you need an appointment to do this. You’ll find out if you need one when you start your application.

Getting a decision

Once you’ve applied online, proved your identity, and provided your documents, you’ll usually get a decision on your visa within:

  • 3 weeks, if you’re outside the UK
  • 8 weeks, if you’re inside the UK

The application fee is £259 as well as the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).