Religious Worker Success
By Danielle Cohen Immigration Law Solicitor LinkedinDanielle Cohen has over 20 years of experience as a lawyer and a reputation for offering professional, honest and expert advice.
We have assisted an Egyptian national seeking entry to the UK as a Tier 5 temporary religious worker visa, who was employed as a Coptic Orthodox Priest. The employers had a Sponsorship Licence, and the church applications were refused prior to us being instructed. This was because the entry clearance officer was unable to award the priest any points for his COS, as the COS did not mention that the church had conducted a resident labour market test in accordance with paragraph 92A of Appendix A of the Immigration Rules. The second time the same priest applied, the application was refused because he did not do well in the interview.
Having been instructed, the employer conducted the resident labour market test in accordance with paragraph 92A of Appendix A and determined that no adequate settled workers had applied for the post. The applicant applied for the job, interviewed, and the application was successful.