An R-1 Visa is available to eligible religious workers who wish to come to temporarily work in the U.S. Are you a religious organization seeking to temporarily bring a foreign national to the U.S. who has dedicated their life to religious practices and functions? A non-profit religious organization can sponsor individuals for an R-1 visa. The R-1 visa is available to:
- Clergy members;
- Others who hold a recognized occupation within the religious organization, which directly relates to the dissemination or inculcation of the organization’s beliefs or creed; and
- Other religious workers such as nuns, monks, brothers, or sisters may qualify for an R-1 visa if they have taken vows or completed other ceremonial rights attesting to a particular religious lifestyle that is recognized by the religious organization.
To be eligible for an R-1 visa, you must be coming to the U.S. to work as a minister or in another religious vocation at least 20 hours a week for:
- A religious denomination with bona fide non-profit religious status in the U.S., which you have worked for at least 2 years immediately before seeking the R-1 visa;
- A religious organization that is authorized by a group tax exemption holder to use its group tax exemption; and
- A non-profit religious organization which is affiliated with a religious denomination in the United States.