Minister from China Receives Status

Client: A Church in Troy, Michigan
Client’s Country of Origin: China
Case Type: R-1 Nonimmigrant Religious Worker
Date of Application: January 13, 2005
Date of Approval: January 27, 2005

Background:
The church retained Herman Legal Group to expeditiously secure a status for its new full-time religious worker from China.

Challenge:
R-1 status was easier at this time (it now takes at least 6 months). This particular program used to be more efficient prior to a string of fraudulent cases encompassing major faiths. Now, reviewing officers examine each case with greater scrutiny. As a result, the evidence gathering and sorting are not only tedious, but also mentally-consuming. In short, should your religious organization want to hire an agreeable minister, please hire a reliable immigration attorney to argue persuasively on your behalf. Our Detroit immigration lawyer is ready to be at your service and to practice best our policy… honesty.

Action:
We helped our client collect sufficient evidence and prove that the full-time religious worker:

  1. Had had two years of membership in the denomination.
  2. Was hired by a registered church or bona fide religious organization.
  3. The church had the ability to adequately compensate the full-time worker.
  4. The full-time worker was invited to the U.S. solely for the purpose fulfilling

Result:
In less than two months, the choice religious worker received status.