Immigration Law News

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R-1 Visas

Religious Worker (R-1) Nonimmigrant Visa Requirements

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) amended the religious worker visa regulations in 2008. Under these new regulations, the following is a partial list of what must be met for USCIS to approve a religious worker nonimmigrant visa petition: The religious worker must have been a member of the sponsoring employer’s religious denomination for […]


USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing for Certain Religious Worker

Effective July 20, 2009, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has resumed offering premium processing services for religious worker petitions (commonly known as R-1 visas) filed by petitioners who have successfully passed an on-site inspection. Under the premium processing program, for an extra $1,000 USCIS will generally process an application within 15 calendar days of […]