Procedures for Calculating the Maximum Period of Stay for R-1 Nonimmigrants – Recapture

On March 8, 2012, USCIS issued a memorandum on the issue of how long foreign nationals who seek R1 nonimmigrant visas can come to America to perform temporary religious work. The memo reviews the issue of whether and how religious workers can recapture the time they spend outside of the US – when the worker seeks an extension of his/her R1 visa.