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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

Matthew & Doris
Matthew & Doris Jul 01, 2018
5.0

My wife has her green card in hand and William Jang and his crew were there for us every step of the way. William is a top notch, calculated, down to business professional and you would be hard pressed to find another attorney who could match his strength of character and attention to detail. A+... Read More

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A A Jun 26, 2018
5.0

I worked with Mr. Jang for my green card interview. I am lucky that I found and contacted him for help. Mr. Jang is an impeccable immigration attorney. He is honest and caring about his clients. He has always been promptly responding my inquiry. I believe those are great values which help clients... Read More

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ha ba Jun 25, 2018
5.0

I worked with Mr. Jang for my green card interview. I am lucky that I found and contacted him for help. Mr. Jang is an impeccable immigration attorney. He is honest and caring about his clients. He has always been promptly responding my inquiry. I believe those are great values which help clients... Read More

Manu Antony
Manu Antony Jun 15, 2018
5.0

The whole process of obtaining my wife's greencard was smooth with Mr. Jangs help. He's a knowledgeable lawyer with years of experience dealing with Cases like ours.He would always be available to answer all our questions, prepped us well for the interview and we were able to attend our interview... Read More

HN Artistry
HN Artistry Jun 07, 2018
5.0

Mr. Jang is an excellent attorney. He patiently listens and answers any doubts that his clients may have, he's very thorough with everything. The overall experience with him and his staff is very pleasant and reassuring, I would 100% recommend him as your representative.

Matthew Melton
Matthew Melton Jun 05, 2018
5.0

My wife has her green card in hand and William Jang and his crew were there for us every step of the way. William is a top notch, calculated, down to business professional and you would be hard pressed to find another attorney who could match his strength of character and attention to detail. A+... Read More

Boya D.
Boya D. May 15, 2018
5.0

I have been consulting Mr. Jiang regarding immigration issues several times over emails/phone and once in person. He always reply quickly and has been very helpful. I'd recommend him for his excellent work and customer service attitudes.

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