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EB4 SPECIAL IMMIGRANTS
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To qualify as an EB4 special immigrant religious worker, you must be
a member of a religious denomination that has a non-profit religious
organization in the United States. You must have been a member of this
religious denomination for at least two years before applying for admission
to the United States. You must be entering the United States to work:
* As a minister or priest of the religious denomination;
* In a professional capacity in a religious vocation or occupation for
the religious organization (a professional capacity means that a US
baccalaureate degree or foreign equivalent is required to do this job);
* In a religious vocation or occupation for the religious organization
or its nonprofit affiliate. (A religious vocation means a calling or
devotion to religious life. Taking vows can prove that you have a calling
to religious life. A religious occupation is an activity devoted to
traditional religious functions. Examples of religious occupations include
(but are not limited to) cantors, missionaries, and religious instructors.)
You must have been performing this religious work for the past two years.
For more specific eligibility information, please see 8 CFR § 204.5.
You or your employer must submit USCIS Form I-360 (Petition for Amerasian,
Widow(er), or Special immigrant). The application must be filed at the
USCIS Service Center that serves the area where you will work. You must
1. Proof that the religious organization qualifies as a non-profit organization
2. A letter from an official of the religious organization in the United
a) The letter should establish that you have been a member of the denomination
for two years, and that you have at least two years of experience in
your religious vocation or occupation.
b) If you are a minister, the letter should establish that you have
been authorized to perform religious duties in general and should specify
which duties you are authorized to perform.
c) If you are a religious professional, the letter should establish
that you have a United States baccalaureate degree or the foreign equivalent
that is required for your religious profession. You must also submit
an official academic record.
3. If you are applying to work in the United States in another religious
vocation or occupation, the letter should establish that you are qualified
to work in that religious vocation or occupation. For instance, if you
are applying to work as a nun or a monk, you would need to provide evidence
that you are a nun or a monk.
4. If you are applying to work in the United States in a non-ministerial
or non-professional capacity for a religious organization affiliated
with a religious denomination, the letter should establish how the religious
organization is affiliated with the denomination.
5. The letter should also detail how you will be carrying on the work
of a minister, or how you will be paid if you are working in a professional
or other religious capacity. The letter should indicate that you will
not be dependent upon supplementary income (from a second job) or charity
(funds solicited for your support).
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