Source: Hindu Press International
KAUAI, HAWAII, May 26, 2007: HPI has learned that up to a dozen temples in the United States have recently had R-1 (religious worker) visas for priests denied at the American consulates in India. This is in addition to the recent denial of visas for sthapatis (temple architects) and silpis (temple master craftsmen). These denials are coming in instances where previous applicants with the same qualifications and documentation were granted the R-1. Apparently there has been a change in interpretation of the R-1 visa existing rules.