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Visas for Religious Workers

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The foundation for the immigration law firm of Nathan Christensen P.C. started with the two years Attorney Nathan Christensen spent living in Honduras and working as a volunteer with his church. Due to this experience, we hold a special place in our hearts for people interested in coming to the United States as religious workers. We enjoy the blessings that come from helping individuals obtain religious worker visas.

Our lawyers can help you determine if this type of visa is available for your situation. Call (972) 497-1017 for an initial consultation.

Temporary R-1 Visa Requirementsundefined

There are two ways to come to the U.S. as a religious worker, including a temporary visa and permanent residency.

To obtain a temporary R-1 visa, a foreign national must meet certain requirements, including:

  • At least part time employment, for at least 20 hours per week on average, with an organization affiliated with a religious denomination
  • Performing in a religious occupation
  • Membership in a non-profit religious organization for at least 2 years

The religious workers' spouse and children younger than 21 may also come to the U.S. on an R-2 visa.

Petitioning through a Religious Organization for Permanent Residence

Ministers and others working in religious occupations may be granted permanent residency for the purpose of performing full-time religious work. In order to qualify, the position must be compensated, full-time, and the foreign national must meet other eligibility requirements.

A full-time compensated position includes:

  • A minister of the religious organization of which they are a member
  • In a professional or nonprofessional capacity in a religious vocation
  • In a professional or nonprofessional religious occupation

Prior to applying for either visa, your church should gather any information needed to prove it is a legitimate religious organization and has the ability to provide the required compensation. Those applying for either visa often seek the assistance of an experienced Carrollton visa attorney. We have successfully obtained many religious worker visas for our clients.

We encourage you to contact us at (972) 497-1017 to learn if your church qualifies for religious worker visas.

“I’ve been working on various immigration requirements for the better part of 10 years now & I can say with absolute certainty that Nathan is the best lawyer I’ve encountered within that time (and I’ve met a few). Right from the beginning he made sure I understood my rights and the road ahead, providing a step-by-step guide to make my applications go as smoothly as possible. He was always available to meet and discuss my case, while also staying in contact via email/phone if I couldn’t make it in. Thanks to Nate I now have my Permanent Residency established and I look forward to returning to him in the near future to begin applying for Citizenship.”

- Eric N.
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