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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Immigration of Alien Ministers

Volume 1 . Chapter 3 . § 3-10

An R-1 visa authorizes a foreign national to live and work in the United States on a temporary basis to:

• Carry on the vocation of a minister of the religious denomination, or

• Work in a professional capacity in a religious vocation or occupation or organization within the denomination, or

• Work in a religious vocation or occupation for an organization within the denomination, or for a bona fide organization which is affiliated with the religious denomination

A minister is someone who is authorized by a recognized denomination to conduct religious worship and perform other duties usually performed by members of the clergy such as administering the sacraments. The term religious worker does not apply to lay preachers.

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