I understand that clergy, nuns, monks, and religious brothers and sisters qualify as religious workers to get an R-1 visa or green card (immigrant visa) to work in the United States. But what about the other category allowed under the R visa or for green card sponsorship, for a "religious occupation?"
Our church in the U.S. just opened a new site. Most of our members are from another country and speak its language. Therefore, we prefer that most of our workers be church members from that country as well. As we start hiring staff, what types of positions can we fill with R-1 visas or later sponsor for green cards? The jobs we are considering now are choir director, office administrator, and janitor. Can we sponsor people for R-1 visas and ultimately for green cards to work in these roles?