EB-4 is the fourth preference category for employment-based immigrant visas. This category allows Special Immigrants, such as Religious Workers, to immigrate and adjust their status.  Religious workers may self-petition or be sponsored by an employer in the U.S.  The spouse and children of an EB-4 visa immigrant are also eligible for a Green Card. Ministers and non-minister religious workers may petition under EB-4.

To be eligible for the EB-4 immigrant visa, a Religious Worker must be a member of a denomination that has a bona fide non-profit or religious organization in the U.S.  The worker must have been a member of, and worked for, the denomination at least two years before filing the EB-4 petition. The worker seeks to enter the U.S. for a full-time (35 hours/week), compensated position with the religious denomination or a bona fide organization that is affiliated with the religious denomination in the U.S.  The position can be salaried (i.e., for pay) or unsalaried (i.e., no wages). The labor certification process is not required.

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Non-Minister Religious Workers

Non-minister religious workers may also petition under EB-4 for a Green Card. These workers include individuals who work within a religious vocation or occupation in either a professional or non-professional capacity. For example, individuals who hold positions such as church administrator or director of programs, are considered non-minister religious workers. The worker may self-petition or be sponsored by an employer.

A recent change in our laws (signed into law by President Trump on September 8, 2017) extends the deadline for which non-minister religious workers may immigrate or adjust their status. The new deadline is December 8, 2017.  The spouses and children of non-minister religious workers may also immigrate by this date. Ministers are not affected by this deadline and may apply at any time for a Green Card.

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