Overview of the R Visa
The R-1 visa is for a foreign national who is coming to the U.S. temporarily to be employed as a minister or in another religious occupation. The religious worker must be employed at least part time (average of at least 20 hours per week) by:
Qualifying for the R Visa
To qualify, the foreign national must have been a member of a religious denomination having a bona fide nonprofit religious organization in the U.S. for at least two years immediately before the filing of the petition.
R-1 status can initially be granted for up to 30 months. Subsequent extensions may be granted for up to an additional 30 months. The religious worker’s total period of stay in the U.S. in R-1 classification cannot exceed five years (60 months).
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