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R-1 Visa - Frequently Asked Questions


Are there any travel restrictions on R-1 religious workers visa?

No, there are no travel restrictions on R-1 religious workers visa. You may travel freely in and out of the U.S. during the validity of your visa.


What are the documents required for R-1 visa?

The documents required for R-1 visa are:

  • Filled in Form I-129 nonimmigrant visa application with supporting documents
  • Proof that you are working as a minister of religion, or in a religious vocation or occupation, for a bona-fide, non-profit religious organization or denomination that is exempt from taxation
  • Proof that you have been a member of the religious organization for at least two years prior to your application
  • A contract from the employer in the U.S proof, such as bank statements, that the employer is able to support the applicant above the poverty line
  • Recommendation letters to further support your case
  • IRS-supplied proof of the tax-exempt status of the religious organization in the U.S.
  • Evidence that you are qualified for the work designated in the U.S.
  • Documents showing arrangements for financial support

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Can I extend my stay on R-1 visa?

Yes, you may apply for Green Card. To adjust status you must file:

  • Form I-360 application for special immigrant and obtain approval
  • Form I-485 application for adjustment of status when priority date for Form I-360 is current
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