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R Visa/Status – Religious Worker

Basic Requirements:

The R visa status is available to ministers and select other religious workers directly associated with a non-profit religious organization. In order to be considered a minister, however, an individual must be officially authorized by a recognized religious organization to conduct religious worship and other duties that must be performed by members of the clergy. As such, lay preachers will not qualify for this visa status.

Aside from ministers, the R visa status is available to individuals holding religious occupations, which includes any position that involves a habitual engagement in any activity with a traditional religious function. For instance, religious workers and cantors, workers in religious hospitals, missionaries, liturgical workers, catechists, and religious translators would all fall under this category.

Additionally, individuals with a religious vocation may be eligible to receive the R visa status. To be considered eligible, an individual must possess a calling to a religious life that may be substantiated by the demonstration of a lifelong commitment to their faith.

Every individual applying for this visa status must have been a member of the religious organization that is petitioning on their behalf for the past two years.

Duration of Stay:

In most cases, the R visa status may be granted for any period of time up to 30 months. The R visa status may be extended for a maximum of five years (60 months) so long as the beneficiary’s work continues and the religious organization continues to petition on his or her behalf.

Family Members:

With the derivative R-2 status, the spouse and children (unmarried and under 21) may accompany the primary beneficiary into the United States and remain therein for the duration of the visa. Anyone holding the R-2 visa status may attend any school in the United States.

Fees:

When filing normal R visa status applications from within the United States with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) (please take a moment to read this disclaimer), our Austin immigration attorneys currently charge the following fees:

  • $4,000 in attorney’s fees to file the petition for the principle beneficiary
  • $460 for the filing fee charged by the USCIS for the main petition
  • $370 for the filing fee charged by the USCIS for the family’s application (if applicable)

Premium processing is not currently available for individuals pursuing the R visa status.

Experience:

At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our Austin immigration attorneys possess the experience and resources to represent you throughout the application process for the R visa status. To discuss the particulars of your situation with one of our Austin immigration attorneys, please call our Austin offices at (512) 323-2333 today or click here to learn more about our extensive experience with visas.

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Paul Winsor
Paul Winsor Mar 08, 2018
5.0

I can't say enough good things about William and his staff. I had a horrible experience with another immigration Lawyer in Austin. And William and his staff did a excellent job and got me and my E2 Investor Visa approved. Stop your search for a immigration Lawyer as you have found it here. William... Read More

Paul Winsor
Paul Winsor Mar 07, 2018
5.0

I can't say enough good things about William and his staff. I had a horrible experience with another immigration Lawyer in Austin. And William and his staff did a excellent job and got me and my E2 Investor Visa approved. Stop your search for a immigration Lawyer as you have found it here. William... Read More

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opus rolando Feb 18, 2018
5.0

William Jang and his team helped us to realize our American dream! We are so appreciative for his excellent and compassionate counsel and for all of the professional assistance by his office. Rolando & Paul

Nov 28, 2017
5.0

Great experience from the start of the process to the finish. Mr. Jang is extremely knowledgeable and meticulous. He and his staff were wonderful to work with and were always available to help with any requests or questions. My sincere thanks to him and his team!

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