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Premium Processing for R-1

Will I be able to file my R-1 petition using premium processing?

Premium Processing will be permitted only for those petitioners who have previously completed a successful on-site inspection at the location where the beneficiary will be employed.

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USCIS Program Extension Alert

 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) advises the public that Public Law 112-176, signed by the President on Sept. 28, 2012, extends the following USCIS programs until Sept. 30, 2015:

  • E-Verify
  • Immigrant Investor (EB-5) Pilot Program
  • Special immigrant visa category for non-minister special immigrant religious workers
  • The date by which J-1 nonimmigrant exchange visitors must obtain that status in order to qualify for the Conrad 30 program.

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Green Card: 
Immigration Law : 
Nonimmigrant Visas: 

USCIS Memo on Maximum Period of Stay for R-1 Nonimmigrants

This memorandum provides instruction to Immigration Service Officers who adjudicate R-1 nonimmigrant petitions for aliens who are coming to the United States temporarily to perform religious work, and their dependents. This memorandum outlines the procedure to be used for recapturing time spent outside the United States by R-1 nonimmigrants when seeking an extension of their R nonimmigrant status.

Please check the attachment to read memo.


Nonimmigrant Visas: 

Guestbook Entry for Arlie E Davis, United States

Arlie E Davis
Nonimmigrant Visas: 
United States

I can't begin to tell you how excited I am!  Today we are finalizing the details so we can move Pastor Immer and his family into their home!  It is the dream of a lifetime for him and his family!  I can't begin to thank you enough for your quality work with us during this process.  Fran and Anna have been absolutely wonderful!  Patient with the many requests and many phone calls.  Kind in the treatment of me in the process! :). Extremely thorough and obviously exceptionally professional and knowledgeable!  We are thrilled and recommend your offices to others!

State Dept. Amends Requirements for Aliens in Religious Occupations

[Federal Register: October 6, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 192)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 51236-51237]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



22 CFR Part 41

[Public Notice: 6779]

Visas: Documentation of Nonimmigrants Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, as Amended; Requirements for Aliens in Religious Occupations

AGENCY: State Department.

ACTION: Final rule.

Team Notes: 
AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 09100570
Nonimmigrant Visas: 

USCIS Reminds Eligible Applicants under Ruiz-Diaz to File Adjustment of Status Application before End of August

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reminds special immigrant religious workers, who have a pending or approved Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, (Form I-360), to file their Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, (Form I-485), on or before Aug. 31, 2009. Special immigrant religious workers who wish to file a Form I-360 petition with an I-485 application should also file on or before Aug. 31, 2009.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

USCIS Explains Employment-Related Notification Requirements for Petitioners of Religious Workers

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today the manner in which petitioners for religious workers must notify USCIS regarding their employment of nonimmigrant religious workers in R-1 status.  The procedures are necessary to enable petitioners to comply with the notification requirements established by USCIS regulations governing the R-1 nonimmigrant classification. 

Nonimmigrant Visas: 

USCIS Announces Resumption of Premium Processing for R-1 Nonimmigrant Visa

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, effective today, it will resume Premium Processing Service for nonimmigrant religious worker petitions filed by certain R-1 petitioners.  Only those petitioners who have successfully passed an on-site inspection are eligible to file under Premium Processing Service.

Nonimmigrant Visas: 


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