Members of the clergy and people who work for legitimate religious organizations may apply for the R-1 Religious Worker visa. An applicant may be a minister, a person working in a professional capacity in a religious occupation, or an employee of the religious organization.
In order to qualify for an R-1 Religious Worker visa, you must:
Visas may be issued to accompanying relatives of R-2 religious worker visa holders. Accompanying relatives may stay in the United States but are not eligible to work there.