To be eligible for an R-1 visa, you must meet the following criteria:
Be a member of a legitimate religious denomination.
Have a job offer from a U.S. religious organization.
Be coming to the U.S. to work in a religious capacity.
The process typically involves:
The U.S. religious organization files an R-1 petition (Form I-129) with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
USCIS reviews the petition, and if approved, you can apply for an R-1 visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad (if you are not already in the U.S.).