Religious Worker Status Approved for Chinese Minister
Client: A Church in Cleveland, Ohio Client’s Country of Origin: China Case Type: Religious Worker Date of Application: March 25, 2014 Date of Approval: October 15, 2014
A church in Cleveland wished to hire a choice religious worker to expand its reach into the Chinese immigrant community and strengthen its existing community building efforts.
Some cases are challenging due to the difficulty of argument crafting; while others are challenging due to the tedium of evidence gathering. Religious worker status belongs to the later kind. Though more straightforward than other complicated cases, quality of evidence determines the strength of our argument. Given recent news of fraudulent applications, reviewing officers may be somewhat more skeptical than we may have expected. Therefore, careful documentation saved this case because the reviewer doubted the existence of the church that the minister used to serve. Our timely reply showing that religious meetings actually took place at the claimed location saved the case.