Religious Workers

Special immigrant religious workers are placed in the employment-based fourth preference category. In order to obtain classification as a special immigrant religious worker, an individual, at the time of filing the immigrant petition, must meet the following requirements:

  1. Must have been a member of a religious denomination which has a bona fide nonprofit religious organization in the U.S. (for at least the two years immediately preceding the filing of the petition.)
  2. Must be coming to the U.S. solely for the purpose of carrying on the vocation of a minister of that religious denomination, working for the organization at the organization's request in a professional capacity in a religious vocation or occupation for the organization or a bona fide organization which is affiliated with the religious denomination and is exempt from taxation as an organization described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
  3. Must have been performing the vocation, professional work, or other work continuously (either abroad or in the U.S.) for at least the two-year period immediately preceding the filing of the petition.

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