R1 NONIMMIGRANT RELIGIOUS WORKER
Are you a foreign national who is seeking to come to the United States temporarily to provide services as a minister or in another religious occupation for a non-profit religious organization? If so, the R-1 nonimmigrant classification may be for you.
Who may qualify as a Religious Worker?
The foreign national must have been a member of a religious denomination which has a non-profit religious organization in the same type of religious denomination in the United States for at least two years immediately preceding the filing of the petition.
To perform services as a Minister, the individual must have the qualifications (be fully-trained based on particular standards set by the religious denomination) and be authorized by such denomination to engage in religious worship or similar activities.
What qualifies as a religious occupation?
A religious occupation is one that is not administrative although very light administrative duties are acceptable or does not involve support services (fund-raisers, clerical employees, maintenance workers, and janitors, to name a few). The religious occupation may not be characterized as religious training or study.
Validity of the R-1 status
The R-1 status is issued for a period of 30 months for an initial admission and can be extended for another 30-month period, not to exceed five years (60 months) in the aggregate.
For more information, please see https://www.uscis.gov/working-united-states/temporary-workers/r-1-temporary-religious-workers/r-1-temporary-nonimmigrant-religious-workers
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