Religious worker: A member for at least two years of a
denomination that has a non-profit religious organization in the United States.
Visa-eligible work requires two years in the job and includes:
- minister or priest of the religious denomination;
- professional in the religious organization (U.S. baccalaureate
degree or foreign equivalent is required for the job); or
- religious vocation or occupation in the organization or
a nonprofit affiliate. Religious vocation requires a calling or devotion to religious
life. Taking vows is one example. Religious occupation is an activity devoted to
traditional religious functions. Examples include cantors, missionaries, and instructors.
Requires a letter from an official of the religious organization in the United States:
- for ministers, establishing membership in the denomination and its duration,
authorizations to perform religious duties and practical aspects of carrying on
the work, including payment sources;
- with regard to professionals, the required academic degree along with official academic
record; and requisite experience.
- including, as appropriate, proof of a religious vocation or occupation, such as
evidence that a beneficiary who intends to work as a nun or a monk is actually a
nun or monk;
- for non-minister or non-professional employees of a religious organization,
an explanation of the affiliation between the religious organization and the denomination;
- payment sources for professionals and other non-ministers;
- affirming that supplementary income from a second job or charity (solicited funds)
will not be necessary for the visa beneficiary's financial support.
EB-4 visas are also available to:
- Certain overseas employees of the U.S. Government
- Former employees of the Panama Canal Company
- Retired employees of international
- Certain dependents of international organization employees
members of the U.S. Armed Forces
Requires a Form I-360
(Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant)
approved by the USCIS, except for overseas employees
of the U.S. Government, for whom Form DS-1884 is used.
Messing Law Offices provides immigration attorney advice to determine if an applicant
meets the requirements for an EB-4 or other immigration employment visa, including assistance with documentary letters to establish qualifications, and advice
about visas for accompanying family members, based
upon extensive experience
as a professional immigration lawyer.
Contact Messing Law Offices (520) 512-5432.