R-1 Visa, Temporary Nonimmigrant Religious Workers
The R-1 visa classification allows you to come to the United States temporarily to be employed at least part time by a bona fide nonprofit religious organization in the United States to work solely as a minister, in a religious vocation, or in a religious occupation.
You may be eligible to be classified as an R-1 nonimmigrant if you:
- Are a member of a religious denomination having a bona fide, non-profit religious organization in the United States for at least two years immediately before filing the petition;
- Will be employed by a non-profit religious organization in the United States;
- Will be employed by a religious organization that is authorized by a group tax exemption holder to use its group tax exemption, or will be employed by a non-profit religious organization which is affiliated with a religious denomination in the United States; and
- Will be employed solely as a minister or in another religious vocation or occupation at least part time (an average of at least 20 hours per week) by a bona fide nonprofit religious organization in the United States (or a bona fide organization that is affiliated with the religious denomination in the United States).
For more information, visit our R-1 Temporary Nonimmigrant Religious Workers page.
How to File
Your petitioning entity must:
- Read the instructions for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker;
- Complete and sign your Form I-129;
- Pay the filing fee, if applicable; and
- Provide all required evidence and supporting documentation.
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After You File
Once we receive your Form I-129, you will receive a:
- Receipt notice confirming we received your petition;
- Site visit at the petitioner’s headquarters location, if necessary
- Notice to appear for an interview, if required; and
- Notice of our decision.