Religious organizations sponsor several religious employees throughout its existence. Sponsoring religious employees for a US Visa requires, on part of the organization, to undertake several responsibilities and some are executed under oath while applying for R1 visas for religious employees. This article only discusses the duty of religious organizations to notify DHS within 14 days of either R1 Status Termination or modification in R'1's required work hours. The requirement to notify DHS is not suggestive, it is a mandatory action that a religious organization must perform.
When to provide notice to DHS: When an R-1 worker is working less than the required number of hours or has been released or terminated from the R-1 employment before the expiration of the period authorized under the R-1 stay, the employer/religious organization must notify DHS within 14 days.
The following information should be included in the notification:
- Reason for the notification (if the notification is late, the reason for the lateness);
- USCIS receipt number of the approved R-1 petition;
- Employer/religious organization's information (name, address, phone number, and Employer Identification Number (EIN)); and
- R-1 beneficiary information (full name, date of birth, country of birth, last known address, and phone number).
If you need help with notifying DHS, The Singh Law Office—a California Immigration Law Firm—can help you draft, finalize, and send notice to the DHS. Contact Inderraj Singh—a Bakersfield Immigration lawyer—for more information.
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