Religious Workers – R-1
A religious worker may be sponsored by a bona fide nonprofit religious organization as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. A religious worker may come to work as a minister, in a professional capacity, in a religious vocation or religious occupation. Prior approval by USCIS is required for all applicants. In addition, the religious organization will likely receive a site inspection from a USCIS officer. In addition, USCIS may inspect your work location after adjudicating the form to verify your work hours, compensation, and duties.
This status allows qualified religious workers to enter the U.S. for an initial period of admission of three years. The maximum period for an R-1 religious worker is five years.
Spouses and minor children may also accompany the religious worker in R-2 status but are not authorized for employment.