R-1 Religious Workers
|What is an R-1 Visa?|
|Criteria for the R-1 Visa.|
|For how long is the R-1 visa valid?|
|How may I obtain an R-1 Visa holder?|
|Who may accompany an R-1 Visa holder?|
|An R-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa available to U.S. religious denominations to sponsor foreign religious workers to work for their religious organizations in the United States as: a minister; in a professional capacity; or in a religious vocation or occupation.|
To be eligible for this category, the foreign individual must meet the following criteria:
|An R-1 visa is valid for an initial time period of 30 months and may be extended for an additional 30 months.|
|The spouse and unmarried children under the age of twenty-one may receive R-2 visa status in order to accompany the R-1 visa holder to the U.S. R-2 visa status does not confer authorization for employment in the U.S.|
A bona fide religious organization in the United States must submit an R-1 nonimmigrant visa petition on behalf of the foreign religious worker to the appropriate U.S.C.I.S. Service Center in the United States. If the foreign individual is inside the United States in valid nonimmigrant status, this petition may include a request for a change of nonimmigrant status to R-1. If the foreign individual is outside the U.S., he/she may apply for an R-1 visa at a U.S. consulate abroad with the R-1 approval notice.
To request a consultation regarding an R-1 visa, please contact our office here.