Los Angeles Attorney for R-1 Visas for Religious Workers

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Per U.S. immigration regulations, religious workers fall under the category of “specialty workers” and:

  • Are categorized in the Employment Fourth Preference (E4), Certain Special Immigrants category for visas
  • Are identified as either Ministers of Religion (or in the SD-category) or as Specific Religious Workers (or in the SR-category).

Criteria for Securing Religious Worker Visas

To be eligible for a religious worker visa, both the petitioning religious entity and the religious worker must submit particular documents to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). An interview with a consular officer at a U.S. embassy will be scheduled. The consular officer will make the final decision on the religious worker visa approval.

However, the required documents can only be submitted to the USCIS after an applicant:

  • Has been affiliated with a certain religious denomination with a bona fide presence in the U.S. for a minimum of two years. This should be the same religion the applicant intends to serve in the U.S.
  • Has consistently been engaged in a religious vocation or profession for at least the preceding two years and plans to continue this role in the U.S.


  • For a Ministers of Religion visa, applicants must demonstrate they will exclusively serve as ministers of their specified religious denomination.
  • For a Specific Religious Workers visa, applicants need to show they will be engaged in a role related to their specified religious denomination once in the U.S.

To initiate the process for obtaining religious worker visas, applicants must submit a Form I-360 (Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant) to the USCIS. Given the complexity of this form and the subsequent process, it’s advisable to collaborate with an experienced immigration attorney to enhance the chances of a swift visa approval process.

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