Nonimmigrant Visas - Religious Workers
Religious Workers (R)
Religious Visas (R-1 and R-2)
Religious workers include ministers of religion who are authorized by a recognized denomination to conduct religious worship and perform other duties usually performed by members of the clergy such as administering the sacraments, or their equivalent. The term does not apply to lay preachers. A religious vocation means a calling to religious life, evidenced by the demonstration of a lifelong commitment, such as taking vows. Examples include nuns, monks, and religious brothers and sisters. A religious occupation means a habitual engagement in an activity which relates to a traditional religious function. Examples include liturgical workers, religious instructors or cantors, catechists, workers in religious hospitals, missionaries, religious translators, or religious broadcasters. It does not include janitors, maintenance workers, clerks, fund raisers, solicitors of donations, or similar occupations.
In addition to the items listed on the visa application check-list, applicants applying for an Religious Worker visa must bring the following:
- Proof of religious organization's tax-exempt status or eligibility for tax-exempt status
- A letter from an authorized official of the specific unit of the employing organization.
Spouse and/or Children.
- Marriage Certificate (spouse)
- Birth Certificate (children)
For information on how to apply for a visa, please see the "How to Apply" section.