R Visas For Religious Workers

These are visas to work in the United States as a member of a religious congregation. It is worth mentioning that the work does not need to be strictly religious, such as being a preacher or a pastor. Other activities within the congregation can also be acceptable for purposes of this visa. A religious vocation means a calling to religious life, evidenced by the demonstration of a lifelong commitment, such as taking vows. Examples include nuns and monks. Religious occupation means a habitual engagement in an activity, which relates to 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, fundraisers, solicitors of donations, or similar occupations. The activity of a lay-person who will be engaged in religious occupation must relate to a traditional religious function: i.e., the activity must embody the tenets of the religion and have religious significance, relating primarily, if not exclusively, to matters of the spirit as they apply to the religion.

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