WHO ARE WE?
Passage Immigration Law specializes in Religious Workers Visas, Business Immigration and Family Immigration. With over ten years of experience and a broad range of lawyers at our disposal, we are eager to help you navigate the immigration maze in a way that brings clarity, peace of mind and efficiency.
Additionally, with a strong theological and religious background to our team, we are passionate about helping a broad range of religious organizations and the religious workers that come in on R-1 visas from abroad bringing wisdom, experience, and passion to the culture of the United States.
HOW DO CHURCHES AND RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATIONS BENEFIT FROM R-1 VISAS?
- Access to Skilled Religious Workers: R-1 visas allow churches and religious organizations to hire skilled and experienced religious workers from other countries to fill positions that cannot be filled by U.S. workers. This provides these organizations with access to a broader pool of talent and expertise
- Cultural Diversity: Religious workers from other countries bring a diversity of cultural backgrounds and experiences to churches and religious organizations, which can enrich the organization's work and the lives of its members. This diversity can also promote greater understanding and tolerance among different cultures and religions.
- Fulfillment of Religious Mission: Religious workers play a critical role in helping churches and religious organizations fulfill their religious missions. They provide important services such as pastoral care, teaching, and outreach to the community, and help to ensure that these organizations can carry out their work effectively
- International Connections: Religious workers from other countries can also help churches and religious organizations establish connections with other communities and organizations around the world. This can help to expand the organization's reach and influence and promote greater collaboration and understanding across different cultures and religions.
WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR AN R-1 VISA?
The first step is to ensure that the religious worker meets the qualifications for the R-1 visa.
Next, the U.S. religious organization that is offering the job must file a petition on behalf of the religious worker with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
If the USCIS approves the petition, the religious worker can apply for an R-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate in their home country.
The religious worker will be required to attend an interview at the U.S. embassy or consulate.
If the consular officer approves the visa application, the worker will receive their visa and can enter the United States to begin working in their religious capacity.