Petition to Classify Alien as a Nonimmigrant Religious Worker to Perform Services as a “Deacon/Minister” Denied

On December 19,2019, the AOA denied a petition by a church to obtain an R-1 nonimmigrant visa to temporarily employ a foreign national as a deacon/minister. The INA does provide that non-profit religious organizations can seek R1 visas for foreign nationals to work as “ministers, in religious vocations, or in religious occupations in the United States.”