U.S. Immigration: Temporary and Permanent Status

R-1 Religious Occupational Status

This category is set aside for legitimate non-profit religious organizations that seek to bring temporary religious workers to the U.S.  These workers must either be authorized clergy or individuals working in a religious vocation or professional capacity for the organization.  The sponsoring organization must be able to present proof that by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service recognize that the organization is exempt, or is eligible for exemption, from taxation as a non-profit religious organization.  In addition, if the organization is submitting an initial petition, U.S. immigration officials must conduct a site visit to confirm the religious nature of the organization.


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