Pope Francis is gracing the United States with a papal visit that urges United States leaders “not to turn their back” on immigrants coming to the United States. The Pope’s solution to the global immigration crises is for all nations to follow the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The Pontiff’s visit and message placed the spotlight on religious worker visa options that are available to religious organizations who might consider hiring religious personnel to respond to the Pope’s call for compassion. Ministers or religious workers may enter the United States to work full time in a compensated position if they have been members of a bona fide religious organization for at least two years prior to seeking a visa.
A minister qualifies for admission under the following conditions:
A religious worker qualifies for admission under the following conditions:
Religious workers generally may obtain five years of status to work in the United States. However, religious workers may not work in the United States in any other capacity than as a minister or religious worker. Religious workers may work for more than one qualifying employer as long as each religious organization files a petition seeking a visa.
Contact us if we can help your religious organization answer questions concerning the religious worker visa options available to you.