Chinese Minister’s Status Granted
Client: A Bilingual Church in Detroit
Beneficiary’s Nationality: China
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Case Type: R-1 Nonimmigrant Religious Worker Status
Background: Our client, a small church, found an agreeable minister. It thus retained us to secure him a status for short-term leadership development and service in Detroit area.
Date of Application: January 23, 2014
Date of RFE: February 11, 2014
Date of Approval: December 19, 2014
WE HELPED OUR CLIENT collect sufficient evidence and prove that the full time religious worker:
- Had had two years of membership in the denomination, and
- Was hired by a registered church or bona fide religious organization, and
- The church has ability to adequately compensate the full-time worker, AND
- The full-time religious worker was invited in the U.S. solely for fulfilling religious occupation.
CHALLENGE: This type of cases used to be easier. However, due to some fraudulent cases in the first decade of this century, approval takes longer to arrive. Now, reviewing officers read applications with greater scrutiny. Now, applicants definitely need to retain a careful lawyer. Professional assistance can help gather and present evidence persuasively. Above all, lawyers’ obligation to act professionally and ethically would add to credibility of the case. Detroit and Dearborn immigration lawyers are ready to be at your service.
ABOUT 11 MONTHS LATER, out client’s minister could legally serve.