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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Can a janitor get a RELIGIOUS visa?


  The answer, quite simply, is yes.  The job of janitor is an example of classic, non-religious work, which I use to demonstrate that this visa can apply to many persons.  R visas are reserved for ministers, or persons who work in a religious occupation or vocation.  However, a janitor (again, just an example) can obtain an R visa in one of two ways.
   First, for a religious-occupation-type R visa, the question is not what work experience the foreigner has or even what work the foreigner does today.  The question will be, in determining whether to approve the case, what WILL BE the work of the foreigner in the U.S.  If the work in the future of someone who is a janitor today will be traditionally religious -- such as a religious instructor or counselor -- the R visa is approved.
   The R visa would also be approved for a vocation-type visa if the foreigner has made a lifelong commitment to the religion, such as the taking of vows.  In that case, the foreigner could be coming into the U.S. to work as a janitor -- perhaps in a house of worship or a religion-based hospital.  In such a case, the emphasis will not be on the future job, but rather on the applicant's status in the religious organization.

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