The R1 Visa enables religious workers to
temporarily enter the United States. A religious vocation is
defined as a calling to religious life, shown by a
demonstration of a lifelong commitment; for instance, taking
vows. Nuns, monks, and religious brothers and sisters are
examples of religious workers.
A religious occupation is defined as a
continual engagement in an activity related to a traditional
religious function. This definition includes liturgical
workers, religious instructors or cantors, catechists, workers
in religious hospitals, missionaries, religious translators
and religious broadcasters. However, it doesn't include
janitors, maintenance workers, clerks, fund raisers or
solicitors of donations.
Your spouse and/or unmarried children under 21
years of age may be granted derivative status to enter the
U.S. They are not authorized to work while in the U.S., but
may attend school.
You should apply for an R1 Visa at the U.S.
Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over your place of
permanent residence. You do not have to maintain a residence
abroad which you have no intention of abandoning, but must
intend to leave the U.S. at the end of your R1 status.
The following documents are required for the
A completed visa application form. (Some applicants will also be
required to submit an additional form).
One recent photograph 1 & 1/2 inches square (37mm x
37mm) of each applicant, with the entire face visible. The
picture should be taken before a light background and
without head covering.
A passport, valid for travel to the United States for at
least six months longer than your intended visit.
You will also need to provide the following
Proof of tax-exempt status or eligibility for tax-exempt
status of the U.S. organization.
A letter from an authorized official of employing
organization certifying your position in your organization,
and the nature of the organization.