Immigration Status for Taiwanese Minister

 
Client: A Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan
Client’s Country of Origin: Taiwan
Case Type: I-360 Petition for Alien to be Classified as a Special Immigrant
Date of Application: May 6, 2005
Date of Approval: September 29, 2005

Background:
Our client, a bilingual church in Ann Arbor, Michigan, wished to retain a capable and experienced minister on a long-term basis. Because Herman Legal Group had previously handled this minister’s religious worker status, we were also retained to apply for immigration status for him and his family.

Action:
Herman Legal Group’s experienced immigration lawyers in Detroit, Michigan helped our client prove that:

  1. The minister had been a member of the denomination, a bona fide religious organization.
  2. The minister had been carrying out religious work continuously for at least two years before the application.
  3. The religious worker was in the U.S. solely for the purpose of acting as a minister in a professional capacity at the organization’s request.

Result:
Four months later, our client’s case was approved. The granting of immigration status to the minister became a helpful base for later I-485 (green card or permanent resident status) application.

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