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The R1 visa is for religious workers who want to work in a religious organization in the United States for a maximum period of 5 years. The organization must be registered as either a non-profit organization in the U.S, a religious organization that is tied to any religious denomination in the U.S, or a religious organization which has a group tax exemption. Religious workers who meet the eligibility criteria and complete the application process are allowed to work in the U.S in their profession.
Additionally, not all religious workers can work in the U.S in these organizations. Only ministers and those who are directly tied to the religious work are qualified. Administrative and clerical workers or any support personnel cannot apply for the R-1 visa and must go through applying for other applicable visas. Those who get the R-1 visa are allowed to live and work in the U.S for the duration of their visa. They can open bank accounts, get a driver’s license, as well as take advantage of studying opportunities. So they can enroll in part or full time study. They can travel in and out of the U.S, and the time that they are outside the country does not count as part of their total visa time.
The person who is applying for the R-1 visa must fulfill the following conditions:
As for the non-profit organization, it must be either one of the registered organizations in the U.S.
As for the applicant, the organization submitting the petition must provide these documents to establish eligibility:
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