Q: How can a religious worker file to live and work in the United States?
Answer: A religious worker or a U.S. employer would need to file an I-360 form to receive an EB-4 visa for special immigrant religious worker. The U.S. employer would be an established non-profit organization of a recognized religious denomination. Both the religious worker and the organization would have to fulfill certain requirements.
The foreign worker to qualify, as a religious worker would have to prove that:
- Been a member of a religious denomination that has a bona fide non-profit organization in the United States at least 2 years prior to filing.
- Seek to enter to work in a full time, compensated position.
- Be coming to work for either:
- A bona fide non-profit religious organization in the United States; or
- A bona fide organization that is affiliated with the religious denomination in the United States.
- Having been working in a previous capacity as a religious worker abroad or legally in the United States at least 2 years prior to filing.
Further documentation would be required of both the party seeking to be a religious worker and the organization seeking to hire the party.
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