EB-4 Eligibility and Filing
To qualify as an EB-4 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 U.S.
baccalaureate degree or foreign equivalent is required to do this job); or
- 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
Regional Service Center that serves the area where you will work. You must also
- Proof that the religious organization qualifies as a non-profit
- A letter from an official of the religious organization in the United
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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).
To find out more about EB-4 Visa Eligibility and Filing, please contact LL.M. Law Group
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