Religious Worker Status Granted for a Michigan Church
Case Type: I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker (R category for religious worker)
Client: A Church in Ann Arbor
Beneficiary’s Nationality: Taiwan
BACKGROUND: Our client, a church in Ann Arbor, wished to retain a young religious worker from Taiwan for its campus ministry. We were therefore retained to secure a nonimmigrant status for this religious worker on behalf of our client. To achieve this end, we filed I-129 Petition for Nonimmigrant Worker.
Date of Application: September 23, 2003
Date of Approval: September 24, 2003
WE HELPED OUR CLIENT collect sufficient evidence and prove that the full time 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 worker was invited to the U.S. solely for fulfilling religious occupation, and
Therefore, our client’s beneficiary, the religious worker, should be granted a nonimmigrant religious worker status.
IN ONE DAY, our client’s choice religious worker received approval.
CHALLENGE: Fast approval time may inspire some envious sentiment, but worry not, it is no longer so for applicants. After a string of fraudulent activities in early 2000’s, applications for this category receive careful reviews. That is, reviewing officers read statements and examine evidence with greater scrutiny than before. Should you consider retaining a capable religious worker, Detroit immigration lawyer is ready to be at your service.
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