EB4 Green Card For Religious Workers

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

6. What is the definition of ‘religious denomination’ for EB-4 Special Immigrant Religious Worker Green Card?

‘Religious denomination’ means a religious group or community of believers having some form of ecclesiastical government, a creed or statement of faith, some form of worship, a formal or informal code of doctrine and discipline, religious services and ceremonies, established places of religious worship, religious congregations, or comparable indicia of a bona fide ‘religious denomination’.


7. What is the definition of ‘religious occupation’ for EB-4 Special Immigrant Religious Worker Green Card?

‘Religious occupation’ means an activity which relates to a traditional religious function. Examples of individuals in religious occupations’ include, but are not limited to, liturgical workers, religious instructors, religious counselors, cantors, catechists, workers in religious hospitals or religious health care facilities, missionaries, religious translators, or religious broadcasters. This group does not include janitors, maintenance workers, clerks, fund raisers, or persons solely involved in the solicitation of donations.

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8. Can I appeal the denial of my petition or application for EB-4 Green Card for religious workers?

Yes, you may appeal the denial of your petition or application for EB-4 Green Card to the Associate Commissioner for Examinations. You will be informed of the reasons for denial and of your right to appeal.


9. What is the definition of ‘religious vocation’ for EB-4 Special Immigrant Religious Worker Green Card?

‘Religious vocation’ means a calling to religious life evidenced by the demonstration of commitment practiced in the religious denomination, such as the taking of vows. Examples of individuals with a ‘religious vocation’ include, but are not limited to, nuns, monks, and religious brothers and sisters.