California H-3 Visa Attorney 

A visa option when your religious workers need training

The H-3 visa is a great option when your church needs to train foreign religious workers inside the United States for employment abroad. The Davis Legal Center is experienced at helping denomination leaders and “mother churches” bring small and large training teams into the United States to receive in-depth instruction before resuming religious employment in their home country. Religious trainees can also bring their spouses and minor children with them while they complete their training.   

What Are the Requirements for an H-3 Visa?

Applicants cannot be placed in a position in which U.S. citizen workers are regularly employed and cannot be productively employed unless it is necessary to the specified training and will benefit the H-3 holder in their pursuit of a career outside the U.S.

Beneficiaries must also meet the following requirements to obtain an H-3 visa:

  • Have a foreign residence they intend to return to after their training is complete
  • The length of the training program does not exceed two years
  • The instruction and training they intend to receive is not available in their home country
  • The overall training must benefit the immigrant in pursuing a career outside the U.S.


The U.S. religious organization must provide the following as part of the application:

  • A detailed description of the structured training program, including the number of hours per week the trainee will be in a classroom and the number of hours per week that the trainee will be involved in on-the-job training (if any)
  • A summary of the trainee’s previous training and experience
  • Statements explaining why the applicant needs the training, why it is unavailable in their home country, how the training will help the applicant pursue a career outside the U.S., and who will pay for the training without the petitioner permanently employing the trainees

Our attorney has represented some of the largest religious denominations in the world and will gladly help you devise a strategy to pursue your immigration goals with confidence.

Contact us online or call (530) 418-0906 to discuss your immigration options. 


Why Choose Davis Legal Center  

I am the principal attorney at the Davis Legal Center, a boutique immigration law and consulting office in Northern California.  I have more than ten years of experience working on human rights and immigration law and policy matters across the globe.

  • Decade of Experience

    Our principal attorney has more than a decade of experience working in human rights, immigration, and international policy.

  • Religious Focus

    Davis Legal Center only works with churches and religious workers, so you benefit from our specialized expertise.

  • Global Representation
    Davis Legal Center has represented clients in more than 50 countries and has the experience to provide full legal representation no matter your location.
  • All Denominations

    Davis Legal Center is experienced working with all religious denominations and cross-denominational staff.

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