R-1 – Religious Workers
Religious workers include ministers of a religion who are authorized by a recognized denomination to conduct religious worship and perform other duties usually performed by members of the clergy such as administering the sacraments, or their equivalent. The term does not apply to lay preachers. Religious vocation means a calling to religious life, evidenced by the demonstration of a lifelong commitment, such as taking of vows. Religious occupation means a habitual engagement in an activity which relates to a traditional religious function.
Frequently Asked Questions about R-1 Visas
What Type of Religious Workers are Included in this Category?
- Clergy members
- Monks and nuns
- Religious instructors or cantor
- Workers in religious hospitals
- Religious translators or broadcasters
What are the Requirements for an R-1 visa?
The visa holder must:
- Be a member of a denomination that is affiliated with a bona fide nonprofit, tax-exempt religious organization in the U.S.
- Have been a member of that denomination for two years immediately preceding admission to the U.S.
- Be entering the U.S. solely to carry out work for the religious denomination or for an organization affiliated with that denomination
How Long are R-1 visas Issued For?
R-1 visas can be issued for a maximum of five years.
Contact us for additional information on R-1 visas, and guidance through what can be a complicated process.
- H-1B – Professionals
- L-1A/B – Intra-company Transferees
- H-2B – Seasonal workers
- E-1 – Treaty Trader and E-2 – Treaty Investor Visas
- TN – NAFTA Professionals
- J-1 – Training and Exchange Visa
- O-1 – Extraordinary Ability
- P – Artists, Athletes and Entertainers
- R-1 – Religious Workers
- B-1/B-2 Visa or Waiver – Business or Pleasure Visitors