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EB-4 Fourth Preference—Religious Worker

Basic Requirements:

Ministers and individuals in other religious occupations or vocations may apply to enter the United States with an R Visa/status (EB-4). It should be noted, however, that non-ministers may not be able to receive an R Visa. The law authorizing non-ministers to gain this designation periodically sunsets, meaning that designations cease when a certain number has been met. As such, there are very specific guidelines as to who qualifies as a minister; to be considered a minister, an individual must be authorized by a recognized denomination to lead religious worship and to perform any other duty normally performed by clergy members. Accordingly, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) will not recognize a lay preacher as a minister.

Religious occupation is understood to be habitual engagement in some activity that directly relates to traditional religious function by the US CIS—for example, liturgical workers, religious counselors, and religious instructors. Religious vocation, on the other hand, is considered to be a calling to religious life that is supported by a lifelong commitment to a recognized domination—for example, religious brothers and sisters, monks, and nuns.

Additionally, to qualify for the R Visa (EB-4), religious workers must have been a member of the same religious denomination continuously for the last two years. When a church is petitioning for this status for one of its members, it must have first received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from the IRS.

Family Members:

As derivatives of the main beneficiary, children (when unmarried and under the age of 21) and spouses are eligible to obtain green cards when accompanying the main beneficiary of the EB-4 status.

Fees:

When filing in the United States at the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) (please read the disclaimer page), the Austin-based immigration lawyers at the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, typically charge the following in attorney’s fees and filing fees as currently charged by the US Citizenship and Immigration Service (US CIS):

  • $5,000 for the principle beneficiary petition
  • $435 for the US CIS filing fee for the main petition
  • $2,000 per family for adjustment of status (only if in U.S.)
  • $1,225 USCIS fee each person, (or $750 for each person under the age of 14)

Experience:

At the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC, our experienced, Austin-based immigration lawyers are prepared to assist any client who wishes to obtain an EB-4 Forth Preference Permanent Residency (Green Card) as a religious worker. Please see a sample of our approved cases.

Documents Needed to Get Started:

Documents / Information for EB-4 Religious Workers

Sample Retainer Agreement

What Our Clients Are Saying

Yanitza Gutierrez
Yanitza Gutierrez Jan 30, 2019
5.0

From the start i got told the case was going to be a difficult one and indeed it was. Started in 2012 with DACA and was able to continue renewing DACA, my last renewal was 2019 Jan even though i was fighting to get my Green card not my DACA i still needed something to hack me up incase i got... Read More

kaew kokky
kaew kokky Jan 18, 2019
5.0

He did really great job for me and my husband

June Kim
June Kim Jan 15, 2019
5.0

I don’t know how to thank mr. Jang helping me with my green card! I got attempt to denial notice, and did a paid phone call appointment with mr. Jang. He listened to every detail of my issues, analyzed, and gave me detailed instructions and sent me email with attached documents explaining what I... Read More

Y. Rosa Sung
Y. Rosa Sung Jan 10, 2019
5.0

My employer and I worked with Mr. Jang in obtaining an employment-based visa. During our first meeting over the phone, he was open and honest about strength and weakness of my case. Over the next two months of working with him, Mr. Jang was very responsive and surprised me by always responding to... Read More

Marco Blazquez
Marco Blazquez Dec 05, 2018
5.0

It is my greatest pleasure to give my sincere gratitude to Mr. William Jang and his staff. We received my wife’s and stepson’s ten year green cards today and we could not have done it without the expertise, detail and sympathy of this law firm. Mr Jang and his associates are by far the most... Read More

Huc P.
Huc P. Nov 01, 2018
5.0

Great experience! Immigration processes can be complicated and at times confusing. The Law of Office of William Jang, offered tremendous amounts of information, answered all my questions and if I had any issues or concerns they were very prompt in getting back with me with a clear solution. I will... Read More

Rosario kennedy
Rosario kennedy Oct 16, 2018
5.0

We would like to thank Mr. William for representing us we are highly satisfied with the quality of service and the end results, he and his staff are highly knowledgeable and very professional, we recommend mr. William for you legal representation.

Tyler Hernandez
Tyler Hernandez Oct 09, 2018
5.0

Great service, and always got a prompt answer when I needed it. Highly recommended.

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