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R-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What is R-1 religious worker visa?

The R-1 religious worker visa is a nonimmigrant visa which allows foreign nationals in religious occupations to enter into the U.S. and perform the duties of a religious worker.


Who is eligible for R-1 visa?

You must be a foreign national who, for at least the two years immediately preceding the time of application for admission, have been a member of a religious denomination having a bona fide nonprofit religious organization in the U.S.

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How can I qualify as religious worker for R-1 visa?

To qualify for R-1 visa, you must be one of the following:

  • Minister of religion
  • Working in a professional capacity, either in a religious vocation or occupation
  • Other religious worker working in a religious occupation or in a religious vocation

What privileges do I enjoy on R-1 visa?

On R-1 visa, you may:

  • Engage in full time study in the U.S.
  • Travel freely in and out of the U.S.
  • Receive payment for services performed
  • Apply for Green Card
  • Apply for R-2 dependent visa for your spouse and unmarried children below 21 years
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