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EB-4 Fourth Preference – Religious Worker

Basic Requirements:

R Visa/Status is available to ministers and others in religious occupation and religious vocation. However the law authorizing non-ministers to qualify under this category periodically sunsets and may not be available. To qualify as a minister, the individual must be authorized by a recognized denomination to conduct religious worship and perform other duties usually performed by members of the clergy. A lay preacher does not qualify as a minister. Religious occupation means a habitual engagement in an activity which relates to a traditional religious function. Examples include liturgical workers, religious instructors or religious counselors. Religious Vocation means a calling to religious life, evidenced by the demonstration of a lifelong commitment, such as taking of vows. Examples include nuns, monks, and religious brothers and sisters. In order to qualify, the religious worker must, for the past two continuous years have been a member of the same religious denomination and had been carrying on such vocation or work or occupation for at least two continuous years. Furthermore the petitioning church must have received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status from IRS.

Family Members:

Spouse and children (under 21 and not married) are eligible to obtain green cards as a derivatives if accompanying the main beneficiary.


The following is the attorney’s fee that the Law Office of William Jang, PLLC charges for a typical case of this type when filed in the United States at the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (US CIS) (please read the disclaimer on this page) and the filing fee currently charged by US Citizenship and Immigration Service (US CIS):

  • $6,000.00 attorney’s fees for the principal beneficiary petition
  • $405.00 US CIS filing fee for the main petition
  • $1,070.00 for each person ($635.00 for each person under 14 years of age)


The Law Office of William Jang, PLLC has experience representing clients to obtain EB-4 Fourth Preference Permanent Residency (Green Card) for religious workers. Please see a sample of approved cases.

What do we need to get started?

Information and Documents needed for EB-4 Religious Workers

Sample Retainer Agreement

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