Religious Worker Status Granted
Client: A Church in Willoughby, Ohio (A Suburb of Cleveland, Ohio)
Beneficiary’s Nationality: Taiwanese
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Case Type: I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (R Category for Religious Worker)
BACKGROUND: A church of a newer Christian denomination, our client, wanted to hire a capable religious worker from Taiwan. Our client therefore retained us to secure a status for its new full-timer worker from Taiwan.
Date of Application: June 27, 2000
Date of Approval: August 2, 2000
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 in the U.S. solely for fulfilling religious occupation.
Within two months, our client’s minister was clear to work without any concerns.
CHALLENGE: Religious worker status appears straightforward to acquire, but it well may be to the contrary. Due to a string of fraudulent cases in the first decade of this century, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (U.S.C.I.S., a branch of the Department of Homeland Security, responsible reviewing applications for relief or benefits based o immigration law and granting such benefits) now review applications with more scrutiny. Therefore, please consider consulting a reliable immigration lawyer prior to filing your application. Cleveland immigration lawyer is ready to be at your service.
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