The R1 visa may be obtained by a religious worker who:
- Has been a member of a US religious organization for the preceding two years and
- Seeks to enter the US for five years or less
The R1 visa is initially valid for three years and may be extended for an additional three years. Positions which qualify for an R1 visa are too numerous to list. Applicants should qualify for the visa as long as there is a religious component to the position.
Ministers and priests may apply an EB4 religious green card.
Spouses and children of the R1 visa holder may obtain an R2 visa to enter and remain in the US. The R2 visa holder may attend school but if he or she wishes to work, he or she must change his or her status to obtain a work visa.