EB-4 Special Immigrant & Religious Workers
What is an EB-4 visa?
The EB-4 visa is an employment-based green card for special immigrant religious workers. Generally intended for religious denominations in the United States, it also covers various other applicants:
- Religious Workers
- Special Immigrant Juveniles
- Retired Officers or employees of a G-4 International organization
- NATO-6 Civilian employees
- S. Government employees and their families
- Members of the U.S. armed forces;
- Panama Canal company or Canal Zone government employees;
- Certain physicians licensed and practicing medicine in a U.S. state as of Jan. 9, 1978;
- Afghan or Iraqi translators or interpreters;
- Iraqis who were employed by or on behalf of the U.S. government; and
- Afghans who were employed by the U.S. government or International Security Assistance Force (ISAF).
For at least two (2) years immediately before filing, the applicant must have been a member of a religious denomination having a bona fide non-profit, religious organization in the U.S. and must have been performing the ministry, vocation, professional work, or other work continuously during that period.
Applying for an EB-4 visa
To obtain an EB-4 visa, the employer must file an I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant. There are certain situations where the employee may be able to self-petition.
Can my family accompany me?
Once your EB-4 green card is approved, immediate family members such as a spouse or unmarried children under 21 years of age may be join you through one of the following three options:
- Adjustment of Status
- Consular Processing
- Concurrent Filing