Anyone recently applied for R-1 status (religious worker)?

#1
Has anyone recently applied for change of status to R-1 lately?
How long is the processing time these days? I've heard that it has become difficult and lengthy.
 

SusieQQQ

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#2
When you say processing “has become difficult and lengthy”, are you specifically talking about R1, or about change of status in general? General change of status applications are taking 4-7.5 months for the “all other” category, which would include R.
 
#3
When you say processing “has become difficult and lengthy”, are you specifically talking about R1, or about change of status in general? General change of status applications are taking 4-7.5 months for the “all other” category, which would include R.
I've heard that change of status to R-1 has become specifically difficult because of many central Americans flying to the US with tourists visas and then file for change of status to R-1 through suspicious organizations. That's why USCIS has been scrutinizing COS to R-1 by inspecting the organizations.
 

SusieQQQ

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#4
Nothing wrong with scrutinizing the sponsoring organizations imo.
Dodgy game, change of status from B visas, given the lengthy processing periods and risk of deemed overstay (= tourist visa voided) if denied.
 
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