An R-1 (religious workers visa) is a foreign national who is coming to the United States temporarily to be employed at least part time (average of at least 20 hours per week) by a non-profit religious organization in the United States (or an organization which is affiliated with the religious denomination in the United States) to work as a minister or in a religious vocation or occupation.
Eligibility Criteria for the Religious Workers Visa
To qualify for an R-1 religious workers visa, the foreign national must have been a member of a religious denomination having a bona fide non-profit religious organization in the United States for at least 2 years immediately preceding the filing of the petition.
Filing the R-1
Every petition for an R-1 worker must be filed by a prospective or existing U.S. employer through the filing of a Form I-129, Petition for non-immigrant Worker. An R-1 visa cannot be issued at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad without prior approval of Form I-129 by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). If the foreign national is visa-exempt (e.g. Canadian), he or she must present the original Form I-797, Notice of Action, reflecting an approval of a valid I-129 R petition at a port of entry. There are certain general requirements which must be satisfied by the petitioning organization as well as by the religious worker, the beneficiary of the petition. These requirements are listed in the chart below.
The petitioning employer must submit Form I-129 including the R-1 Classification Supplement signed by the employer as well as other supporting documents. Our immigration attorneys have litigated over 10,000 cases, and our principal attorney Ali Golchin has extensive experience in the subject matter of Religious Worker Visas. He knows how to get things done. It’s time to get the assistance you deserve by contacting an immigration lawyer such as Ali Golchin Immigration and Accident Attorney today. Call 619-827-8777 for a no-obligation consultation regarding your specific need.