Immigrant Religious Workers

Religious workers who for the past two years have been a member of a religious denomination which has a bona fide non-profit, religious organization in the United States; and who have been carrying on the vocation, professional work, or other work described below, continuously for the past two years; and seeks to enter the U.S. to work solely are eligible for immigration under this category.

  • As a minister or priest of that denomination; or
  • In a professional capacity in a religious vocation or occupation for that organization; or
  • In a religious vocation or occupation for the organization or its nonprofit affiliate.

Either the applicant or his employer can file Form I-360 can file the application at the USCIS Service Center that serves the area in which h/she works.The I-360 petition must be accompanied by

  • Evidence establishing that the religious organization, and any affiliate which will employ the person, is a bona fide nonprofit religious organization in the U.S. and is exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
  • A letter from an official of the religious organization in the United States establishing that petitioner is eligible as listed above.

Obtaining an Immigrant Visa Number

If the immigrant visa petition is approved, one should wait for immigrant visa number to become available according to the preference system. Please note that visas issued under this category have fourth preference. It is quite possible that you may not get visa number the same year. A one-year wait may be required. Spouse and unmarried children under 21 years of age may be permitted to accompany in derivative immigration status.

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