Religious Worker Visa Attorney in New York City
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If you are employed in a religious vocation, such as a minister, and you are a foreign national, you will need an R visa to work in the U.S. Our New York City religious worker visa lawyer can help you and your employer petition for an R-1 or R-2 visa. These visas can be difficult to obtain, and errors in documentation can result in being denied a visa for which you are otherwise eligible. From filing the Form I-129 to helping you collect all evidentiary documentation, our immigration lawyer has the knowledge and experience needed to make you feel more confident during the R-1 visa application process.
Eligibility Requirements for the R-1 Temporary Nonimmigrant Religious Worker Visa
To qualify for an R-1 visa, you must be a foreign national who has been hired to work in the U.S. in a religious vocation at least part time. The religious organization petitioning for the R-1 visa on behalf of the religious worker must be a not-for-profit organization, be affiliated with a U.S. religious denomination, and have appropriate IRS documentation. The religious organization sponsoring the worker must also provide evidence regarding the compensation of the employee or their status in a non-compensated role, such as is the case with many missionary programs.
To qualify for an R-1 visa, you must:
- Be employed by a qualifying non-profit religious organization
- Have been a member of the religious denomination for at least two years
- Provide proof of theological education, ordination, or other qualifications
- Provide evidence of already completed R-1 employment if you are applying for an R-1 extension
To be considered a religious worker, your employment must be in a role that is directly related to your dedication to the religion, but distinct from secular members' practice of the faith. Common vocations that are issued R-1 visas include ministers, missionaries, and religious instructors or educators. R-2 visas may be acquired for the spouses and qualifying children of the R-1 visa holder.
Adjustment of R-1 Visa Status for Employment-Based Immigration
At the Law Office of Robert J. Maher, PC, we can help R-1 religious worker visa holders adjust their status through employment-based, fourth-preference EB-4 classifications. Our religious worker visa lawyer in New York City has been practicing immigration law for more than a decade, and we can use this experience to help you with the employment-based immigration application process. We are proud to have helped many clients continue their religious work in a full-time, permanent capacity in the U.S. We can help you determine your eligibility for this employment-based religious worker classification.
To learn more about religious worker visas, schedule an appointment with our immigration lawyer in New York City. Call (646) 681-1977.
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