When applying, make sure, that you fulfil the following criteria:
- You come from a country outside the EEA or Switzerland
- You would like to do religious work
- You have obtained a valid certificate of sponsorship in the form of a reference number
- You have appropriate funds to support yourself on your bank account for ninety days before you apply (with some exceptions)
You need to apply at least three months before you are to start the work. You should receive the decision within three weeks.
You would need a valid passport and travel identification, tuberculosis test result (if you are coming from a certain country where the test is mandatory) and bank statements showing funds.
You can extend your visa before it expires, however you need to include all family members you have brought to the UK with you, in the application.
If you wish to change your job you would need to apply for the visa once again.