You can apply for a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa if:
You need to be sponsored (ie 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 the work of your sponsor organisation.
You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before the day you’re due to start work in the UK. This date is listed on your certificate of sponsorship.
You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks when you apply from outside the UK.
Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in your country.
You’ll also have to pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your application. Check how much you’ll have to pay before you apply.
You can come to the UK with a Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa for a maximum of up to 3 years and 1 month, or the time given on your certificate of sponsorship plus 1 month, whichever is shorter.
You can apply to extend your stay.
You must apply before your visa expires.
Your time in the UK must start no more than 14 days before the start date on your certificate of sponsorship.
You’ll need to make a new application to the Home Office if you want to do a second job that’s not in the same sector as your main job.