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FOIA request reveals data on religous worker visas

Discussion in 'Leaks & Legal' started by AnonLover, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. AnonLover Member

    Flashback to 2009, when they began changing things for the current R-1 visa laws . Scientology was faced with the onus for getting the application submitted went from the applicant to the employee, along with a BIG spike in costs to boot because the application process got way more complicated. So it was a double whammy to their labor costs.

    And what do they do? They sick the scilon lobbyist Greg Mitchell on the new job of ALTERNATIVE immigration working papers. Non-minister religious worker type green cards. (Batta bing, my USCIS FOIA targets just multiplied beyond just R-1 petitions. I think.) Plus, he tried to push for easier implementation of the new regulations.

    2009 1st Quarter Mitchell received spiked up $40k (rounded to nearest 10k) to do four things for the quarter. The 1st one is relevant to this thread:
    http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/pdfform.aspx?id=300168074

    2009 2nd Quarter Mitchell received another $40k (rounded to nearest 10k) to do six things for the quarter. These are the relevant items for this thread:
    http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/pdfform.aspx?id=300193426

    2009 3rd Quarter Mitchell received $30k (rounded to nearest 10k) to do four things for the quarter. This is the relevant items for this thread:
    http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/pdfform.aspx?id=300222488
    2009 4th Quarter Mitchell received $30k (rounded to nearest 10k) to do three things for the quarter. This is the relevant items for this thread:
    http://disclosures.house.gov/ld/pdfform.aspx?id=300248755
  2. DeathHamster Member

    The Lautenberg Amendment looks like an express lane for anyone claiming to be in persecuted religion, especially from the former Soviet Union.

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/06/06/the-lautenberg-amendment/
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  3. peterstorm Member

    /r/ Can someone tell me how long a foreign sea org member can stay in the U.S. on this kind of Visa?

  4. https://www.uscis.gov/working-unite.../r-1-temporary-nonimmigrant-religious-workers

    * * * * * BEGIN EXCERPT * * * * *

    USCIS may grant R-1 status for an initial period of admission for up to 30 months. Subsequent extensions may be granted for up to an additional 30 months. The religious worker’s total period of stay in the United States in R-1 classification cannot exceed five years (60 months).

    * * * * * END EXCERPT * * * * *

    However, please be aware that if handled correctly it is possible to transition from non-immigrant, temporary stay R-1 status to Lawful Permanent Resident status (i.e., "Green Card") as a Minister OR Non-Minister Religious Worker. See:

    https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/gr...card-religious-worker-minister-or-nonminister
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  5. Quentinanon Member

    Or they can fraudulently marry a U.S. Citizen to acquire permanent resident status.
    I have seen that happen a few times.
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