An EB-4 visa, sometimes referred to as “special immigrant religious worker” or “Fourth Preference” visa, provides work clearance for immigrants seeking to live in work within the borders of the United States in a permanent capacity. Qualifications for this visa require applicants to work within specific religious occupations. Organizations that employ workers who have obtained this visa are limited to religious institutions or denominations who enjoy tax-exempt status and non-profit recognition. EB-4 holders can include priests, missionaries and professionals who have obtained a degree.
Benefits of an EB-4 Visa
An EB-4 visa allows the holder to live and work within the Unities States on a permanent basis and to begin the application process for citizenship at a time of their choosing. Although applications filed by those holding an EB-1, EB-2 or EB-3 visa are given preference, the applications of “Fourth Preference” visa-holders are considered before those certified for an EB-5 visa. The application process needed to obtain an EB-4 is typically expedited and those approved for an EB-4 will be able to apply for family visas should they have a spouse or dependent children. Attorneys at our firm can provide more information regarding the benefits and application process needed to obtain an EB-4 visa.
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EB-4 Visa Requirements
Applicants who wish to apply for an EB-4 visa must comply with a number of requirements and restrictions governing the movement and behavior of R-1 non-immigrants. R-1 visa holders commonly elect to apply for an EB-4 visa once they have decided to remain within the united states on a permanent basis. Applicants are also required to be recognized members of their religious denomination for a period of at least two years before they can be eligible to begin the application process. The application process requires prospective holders to furnish proof that they have been employed by their denomination for at least 24 months. Documents submitted as proof-of-employment are required to provide details regarding the position and duties of the applicant. Scheduling an consultation with one of our EB-4 lawyers will allow prospective applicants to learn more about the application process and whether they may qualify.
EB-4 Visa Considerations
Recent rules regarding specific classes of clerical professionals and other workers employed by religious organizations have made obtaining an EB-4 visa more difficult. Prospective applicants may also be face complications with the application process in the event that the religious organization they have worked suffers a loss of its non-profit status.
How We Can Help You
Our EB-4 visa attorneys have assisted in securing permanent residency documentation for immigrants and foreign nationals from all over the world. KPPB Law is committed to assisting non-resident aliens realize their dream of residing and working within the United States under a permanent status. Call our offices or contact us online to schedule an initial consultation.