R-1 Visa for Religious Workers
The religious worker must intend to work as one of the following:
- Liturgical Worker
- Religious Instructor
- Religious Counselor
- Religious Hospital Worker
- Religious Health Care Facilitator
- Religious Translator
- Religious Broadcaster
Duration of Stay on R-1 Visa
Relatives of R-1 Visa Holders
R-1 Visa Requirements:
- The religious worker needs to have been affiliated with the United States’ non-profit denomination for at least two years.
- The religious worker must be able to provide evidence of recognition from the religious organization. This requirement can be met by a license, certificate, or official qualification documentation.
- The U.S. employer must file a Petition for nonimmigrant Worker (Form I-129).
- Workers who are exempt from the visa must display the original Form I-797 at a port of entry.
- Workers can work for multiple employers, however, each employer must be qualified and submit a petition. The worker must also fill out additional USCIS documentation for each employment.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you able to work for a different employer after arriving in the U.S. under R-1?
You can work for a different employer but they must petition you for the new visa. If, however, the new employer is not a religious organization you would need to seek an alternate type of work visa.
Is there a method to become a permanent U.S. resident after finishing work on an R-1?
You may be able to become a permanent resident by fulfilling the requirements of the EB-4 ‘Special Immigrant Religious Workers’ category.
How can i receive an R-1 visa?
After first filing Form I-129, the petitioning religious group must wait for approval. Until that approval is granted, the worker will not receive their visa at the consulate office.
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