Who May Qualify:
This category is reserved for religious workers in the following
- Ministers of religion;
employed in a religious vocation or occupation;
working in a religious vocation or occupation.
The labor certification requirements do not apply.
Accompanying spouses and children, and those who follow to join,
enjoy the same priority date as the principal applicant.
least two years immediately before filing, must have been a member
of a religious denomination having a bona fide nonprofit, religious
organization in the United States and must have been "performing the
ministry, vocation, professional work, or other work continuously''
during that period.
- To qualify as a minister, the individual must be authorized by
the denomination to conduct religious worship and to perform other
duties typical of clergy of that religion. The term doesn't
include a lay preacher.
- To qualify as a professional
employed in a religious vocation or occupation, the individual must
come to work for and at the request of the organization in a
professional capacity in a religious occupation or vocation, such
occupations as religious teaching and scholarship, which typically requires at the
minimum a U.S. baccalaureate or the foreign equivalent.
- The third category requires work for the religious
organization, or a bona fide affiliated organization so recognized
by tax exemption, at its request, in a religious occupation or
vocation. This includes nuns, monks, liturgical workers, cantors,
missionaries, broadcasters, and others. It does not include, for
example, those employed by the religious organization as janitors or
File I-360 (Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special
immigrant) at the USCIS Regional Service Center that serves the area
where you will work, with the following documentations:
- Proof that the religious organization qualifies as a non-profit
- A letter from an official of the religious organization in the
United States establishing that the applicant has the two years of
religious membership and the two years of required experience.
- If qualifying as a minister, a certificate of ordination or
statement by authorized organization official as to the qualifying
- If qualifying as a professional, the applicant's university
degree and transcript showing that the degree is appropriate.
- If qualifying in a nonprofessional capacity, evidence that the
applicant is, for example, a nun, monk, or religious brother, or
that other work to be done qualifies as a religious function.
- 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
- An employment letter describing how the applicant will be
doing the stated type of work and describing any terms of payment
showing that the applicant will not have to depend on other work
or solicitation, including evidence of the religious
organization's financial status.
Q: Can you file multiple applications?
A: Yes! In case that it may be unclear for which
preference or even subcategory within a preference you may most
easily qualify, you may apply under more than one category.
Q: Can you file adjustment application concurrent with
A: No! EB-4 petition must first be approved.