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Old 08-29-2012, 12:46 PM
 
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I have an r1 visa from April 2008 until April 2013. I am out of the USA right now. I want to return in March 2013 to continue missionary work. But I must leave before the r1 expires on April 27th 2013, is that right? how can I renew the religious visa or is it not possible? can I get another r1 visa? I think when I applied I got the r1 visa under old rules and so much paperwork was not needed. Can I apply for extension? Can I apply for green card right now?
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Old 08-29-2012, 01:04 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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It seems from this excerpt from the USCIS website:

USCIS - R-1 Temporary Religious Workers

that you cannot file for another exemption. The first R1 is issued for 30 months and can be extended for another 30 months (which seems to be what happened in your case) but that's the maximum and your visa will become invalid after its current expiration. If you are eligible to apply for a new R1 visa, it seems that this a visa which you can't apply for yourself but has to be applied for by the religious organization in the US to which you are affiliated.

The same linked USCIS website will give you all the information you need about applying for a Green Card
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