R-1 Religious Visa
Necessary Key Points for R-1 Religious Worker Visa:
- Religious organization must be tax exempt under section 501(c) (3) of Internal Revenue Service Code
- Evidence of how the religious organization intends to compensate the religious worker
- Evidence that the religious worker has been a member of a religious denomination for at least two years
- If the religious worker is a minister or priest, evidence of the worker’s certificate of ordinance or graduation certificate or comparable documents
- Religious worker is authorized to work in the United States for the sponsoring religious organization only. If the worker wants to change their employer he/she must file a new petition with the USCIS.
An R-1 visa holder's spouse and unmarried children, who are under twenty-one (21) years of age, are eligible for the R-2 visa. They are not authorized to work in the U.S.Validity Period
An R-1 religious worker and their family members may be admitted in the U.S. for a period up to five years. Initial admissions may be for a maximum of thirty months, with an extension of up to thirty additional months.Special Immigrant Religious Petition (Form I-360) for Lawful Permanent Resident
Under the fourth preference category of employment-based green cards, qualifying religious organizations can file a special immigrant petition (I-360) with the USCIS on behalf of the religious worker they want to employ in the United States. The petition must include the following evidence:
- Evidence of petitioning religious organization’s tax exempt status
- Evidence that the foreign religious worker has been employed full-time for the same religious denomination for the two years preceding filing of I-360 petition.
- Evidence that the petitioning religious organization has the ability to pay the proffered wages to the foreign religious worker.
- If the foreign religious worker is to work as a minister, evidence that the religious worker is authorized to perform the ministerial duties.
- If the foreign religious worker is to work in a religious vocation or occupation, evidence that the religious worker is qualified for that traditional work within the same religious denomination.
An R-1 religious worker’s spouse and children under 21 years of age may apply for green cards as derivative beneficiary under EB-4 category.
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