U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued policy guidance to reorganize and expand on existing guidance related to special immigrant and nonimmigrant religious workers.

For both special immigrant and R-1 nonimmigrant religious worker petitions, the update clarifies the circumstances under which certain related petitioners may meet compensation requirements even if the attesting employer will not directly compensate the religious worker.

The update also reorganizes the special immigrant religious worker guidance in the USCIS Policy Manual for clarity and provides more comprehensive information about the special immigrant religious worker filing process, verification of evidence, and site inspection process.

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