The R-1 Visa enables religious workers to temporarily enter the United States to carry on the vocation of minister; or to work for a religious organization at its request in a professional capacity or a religious vocation or occupation. A religious vocation is defined as a calling to religious life, shown by a demonstration of a lifelong commitment such as taking vows. Nuns, monks, and religious brothers and sisters are examples of religious workers.
A religious occupation is defined as a continual engagement in an activity related to a traditional religious function. This definition includes liturgical workers, religious instructors or cantors, choir directors, catechists, workers in religious hospitals, missionaries, religious translators and religious broadcasters. However, it doesnâ€™t include janitors, maintenance workers, clerks, fund raisers or solicitors of donations.
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