A Sizable Orthodox Church in Cleveland, Ohio

 
Client:
Client: A Sizable Orthodox Church in Cleveland, Ohio

Client’s Country of Origin: Belarus
Case Type: I-360 Petition for an Alien to be Classified as a Special Immigrant (EB-4)
Date of Application: January 14, 1998
Date of Approval: February 5, 1998

Background:
An Orthodox church in Cleveland, Ohio retained Herman Legal Group after it decided to hire an outstanding Father on a permanent basis.

Challenge:
Should anyone wish to legally immigrate to the United States, he or she must apply to be classified as an immigrant first. For employment-based immigration, continual employment is the crux. Therefore, the employer must be legal and what it claims to be. Also, the prospective employee, the immigrant, must do what is claimed in the long run. When these factors are satisfied, evidence must show that the worker is in the U.S. solely to perform the job as claimed.

Action:
Herman Legal Group’s immigration lawyers in Cleveland helped prove:

  1. The beneficiary had been a member of the denomination.
  2. The denomination was a bona fide religious organization, for two years.
  3. The religious worker had been carrying on religious work continuously for two years on behalf of the denomination or organization.
  4. The religious worker had been in the U.S. solely for the purpose of acting as a religious worker in a professional capacity at that organization’s request.

Result:
Within a month, our client’s choice Father received an immigration status under the category of religious worker. This approval later served as a strong basis for the Church’s I-485 (green card) application for the Father.

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