R-1 Temporary Religious Workers in Phoenix
Guidance from Our Phoenix Immigration Attorney
The R-1 visa is a short term visa design to allow religious workers offered a job from abroad to work in the United States. There are many steps potential visa holders must make regarding the petitioning, application and interview process of the R-1 visa. Let the knowledgeable Phoenix immigration attorneys of Kanu & Associates, P.C. guide you through this process.
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Who Qualifies for an R-1 Visa?
To be eligible for an R-1 visa, beneficiaries must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be religious workers dedicated to the practice and function of their religion.
- They must be a member of a non-profit, religious denomination recognized by the United States for at least two years before petitioning for the R-1 visa
- Applicants must be coming to work as a minister or other member of the clergy/staff
- In addition to the above qualifications, applicants must also work an average of at least 20 hours a week.
Applying for an R-1 Visa in Phoenix
To begin this process, the existing U.S. employer must file to a Form I-129 form to petition for a nonimmigrant minister or other worker in a religious vocation. The U.S. employer must also provide evidence to establish eligibility for the R-1 visa. Both the religious organization petitioning and the religious workers are required to provide proof to support the application. The below list provides a basic outline of evidence the USCIS requires petitioners to provide but is by no means comprehensive.
- Evidence Required for Petitioner
- Proof the petitioning organization intends to pay the visa beneficiary salaried or non-salaried compensation.
- If petitioner claims tax exemption, provide a determining letter from IRS acknowledging organization is tax exempt.
- If the recipient is self-supporting, provide documents outlining they are a part of an established program for uncompensated missionary work.
- Evidence Required for Beneficiary
- Proof of membership to the religious denomination petitioning for the beneficiary.
- If compensation was sent, provide IRS documentation of salary
- If beneficiary is working as a minister, provide documentation of their ordination as well as any evidence of completed theological education.
Contact Our Phoenix Immigration Attorneys
Are you a religious order looking to petition for short-term religious foreign nationals? Whether you intend to petition for an individual or a group, our experienced Phoenix immigration lawyers are ready to provide you with the legal representation you need.