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R-1 Religious Worker Visa

R1 Visa

Introduction:

The R-1 visa category provides a pathway for religious workers to temporarily work in the United States, serving in religious roles such as ministers, missionaries, religious instructors, and other occupations within religious organizations. This visa category recognizes the importance of religious and spiritual contributions to society and allows qualified individuals to fulfill their calling while enriching the religious landscape of the United States. The R Visa includes several types of religious workers, such as ministers, priests, monks, nuns, religious instructors, and religious counselors. To qualify for an R-1 visa, applicants must be sponsored by a U.S.-based religious organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for an R-1 visa, applicants must meet specific eligibility criteria:

  • Religious Occupation: Applicants must be employed in a religious occupation, such as a minister, priest, rabbi, imam, or other religious functionaries.
  • Employment with a Religious Organization: Applicants must be offered a job by a U.S.-based religious organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  • Two-Year Membership: Applicants must have been a member of the religious organization for at least two years immediately preceding the filing of the visa application.
  • Intent to Work Temporarily: Applicants must demonstrate that they intend to work in the United States temporarily and return to their home country upon the expiration of their R-1 status.

How KPB Immigration Law Firm can assist you

The R-1 visa category offers valuable opportunities for religious workers to fulfill their calling and serve in religious capacities in the United States. At KPB Immigration Law Firm, we are committed to helping eligible individuals navigate the R-1 visa process with confidence and achieve their goals of religious service in the United States. If you are interested in learning more about the R-1 visa category or need assistance with your R-1 visa application, contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.