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The focus of this course will be on providing an overview of the legal framework and different immigration routes that religious workers can use to enter and remain in the UK. Brexit has had a significant impact on religious organisations who relied on the principle of free movement of people to bring over many of their workers such as Nuns, Priests, Pastors and volunteers. With EU nationals arriving from 1 January 2021 now requiring sponsorship, we anticipate that there will be a rise in applications under the Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) and Tier 5 (Religious Worker) routes contained in the Immigration Rules.
Applications under these routes can be complex as a result of many applicants not possessing the required documentation and the Home Office placing an emphasis on economic work in the UK, which religious workers, such as Sisters of a Religious Order, do not always meet. Many religious workers receive no income and do not have their own bank accounts or any correspondence addressed to them, by virtue of devoting their lives to their community. Added challenges include documenting the work that the individual will be doing in the UK and ensuring the religious organisation, who do not always understand the workings of the SMS, meet their sponsorship duties.
This webinar will provide practical advice on overcoming these limitations and run through common scenarios that have come up in practice, as well as provide an overview of the different routes available depending on the work that the individual is coming into the UK to do. Changes to the Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) and Tier 5 (Religious Worker) route under the UK’s new immigration system will also be covered.