Members of the clergy and people who work for legitimate religious organizations may apply for the R-1 Religious Worker visa. An applicant may be a minister, a person working in a professional capacity in a religious occupation, or an employee of the religious organization.
In order to qualify for a R-1 Religious Worker visa, you must:
Document the tax-exempt status of the legitimate religious organization in the United States.
Demonstrate that the religious organization to which you belong and the religious organization for which you wish to work in the United States are part of the same religious denomination.
Prove that you have belonged for at least two years to that religious organization.
Show that you have a job offer from an affiliate of that religious organization in the United States.
Visas may be issued to accompanying relatives of R-2 religious worker visa holders. Accompanying relatives may stay in the United States but are not eligible to work there.
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