The USCS notes that the EB-4 non-minister special immigrant religious worker program has been extended through September 30, 2020. Non-minister special immigration religious workers can be employed in either a professional or non-professional capacity. The September 30, 2020 end-date, commonly called a sunset date, applies to the spouses and children of non-minister special immigrant religious worker applicants.
The September 30, 2020 end-date does not apply the people seeking special immigration status based on their work as a minister.
Applicants who believe that one of the Form I-360 requirements places too great a burden on the religious organization’s exercise of religion can request an exemption through the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The request must be in writing, must have supporting documentation, and must explain how the requirements are unduly burdensome.