R Visas for Temporary Religious Workers
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Who Qualifies For An R Visa?
The R-2 visa category is for foreign nationals who enter the United States temporarily:
- Be employed at least part time (average of at least 20 hours per week) by a non-profit religious organization in the United States
- With an organization which is affiliated with the religious denomination in the United States).
- The R-1 visa holder must enter the U.S. to work as a or in a religious vocation or occupation.
R-1 Visa Criteria
To qualify, the foreign national must:
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- 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.
- Every petition for an R-1 worker must be filed by a prospective or existing U.S. employer.
- There are certain requirements which must be satisfied by the petitioning organization as well as by the religious worker, the beneficiary of the petition.