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R-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


What are the limitations of R-1 visa?

On R-1 visa, you may:

  • Receive payment only from the religious organization through which the status was obtained
  • Take your dependents with you to the U.S. but they may not work

How long can I stay in the U.S. on R-1 religious worker visa?

You may stay in the U.S. on R-1 religious worker visa along with your spouse, and unmarried children under 21 years of age for an initial period of up to 30 months.

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Can I extend my stay on R-1 visa?

Yes, you may use Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker, to apply for extension of stay. Extension may be authorized for a period of up to 30 months. Your total period of stay may not exceed five years.


Can I study on R-1 religious worker visa?

Yes, you may engage in full time study on R-1 visa.


Can I change employers on R-1 religious worker visa?

Yes, you may change employers on R-1 visa. The new organization seeking to employ you must file a new Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant worker, with the USCIS and have it approved.

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