How do I get a visa to join a religious group?

I am seeking to join a Baptist religious community in the US. I am from Australia. I am making contact with several of these communities. However these require a lifelong vow. How could I stay in the US permanently? Is that possible? Several of the communities are communal if that matters.

Asked on April 12, 2016 under Immigration Law, Alaska

Answers:

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Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You cannot get a visa to join a religious group.  You may be able to obtain a religious worker visa if you can document that you have been a member of a certain religious group in your home country and are coming to the US to work in some capacity for that religious group here.


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