The EB-4 is a visa targeted towards Religious Workers and former employees of the United States government and other organizations.
Religious workers applying for the EB-4 visa must work for what the US government designates as a bona-fide religious group or an organization affiliated with the religious group.
The following classifications of religious workers qualify for the EB-4 visa:
- Ministers: People authorized by the religious group to conduct religious services and other functions.
- Professionals in religious vocations: Those working in positions that are traditionally a part of the religious group’s activities, such as missionaries, counselors, liturgical workers. For this classification, a bachelor’s degree is required.
- Others in religious vocations: Applicants who have made a demonstrated commitment to religious life under the denomination, such as monks and nuns. Petitioners must have been working for the religious denomination for two years prior to filing the EB-4 application.
The EB-4 applicant must have an approved Form I-360, except for certain employees or former U.S. employees abroad. A labor certification is not required for the EB-4 visa.
The application procedure for the EB-4 visa is complex and requires a considerable amount of documentation. It is critical to have an attorney who is experienced and thorough in complying with the complicated requirements of the petition process.
At Sethi & Mazaheri, our firm will advise you of the different documentation needed for the EB-4 visa and anticipate potential barriers to entry in order to make sure that your initial application has the maximum chance for favorable action. To find out if you qualify for the EB-4 visa, contact us now.