R-1 Religious Worker Visas

This employer-sponsored visa permits individuals to work for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit religious organization to carry on the vocation of a minister or in a professional or nonprofessional religious vocation or occupation.

The occupation must involve an understanding of the tenets of the denomination; non-religious positions, such as administrators or building maintenance staff, are not covered by this visa category.

Qualifying religious workers must have been a member of the same religious denomination as the sponsoring nonprofit religious organization in the United States for at least two years immediately preceding the application for admission.

R-1 visas are initially issued for a three-year period with a maximum of five years. There are no numerical limitations.

IMMLAW Attorneys who practice in this area include…