<h1>Ministers of Religion</h1> <p>An alien entering the United States to carry on the voca&nbsp;tion of minister of a religious denomination, and the spouse&nbsp;or child of such an alien, accompanying or following to join him, are designated as special immigrants.</p> <p>The statute does not define &ldquo;minister of a religious de&nbsp;nomination,&rdquo; but the regulations declare that this term&nbsp;means a person duly authorized by a recognized religious&nbsp;sect or denomination to conduct religious worship, and to perform other duties usually performed by a regularly ordained pastor or clergyman.</p> <p>The statute prescribes three conditions for achieving&nbsp;special classification under this section: (1) the applicant&nbsp;has been carrying his vocation of minister continuously&nbsp;for at least two years prior to his application for admission to the United States.</p> <p>However, a minister will not be disqualified if he has been prevented from meeting this 2-year&nbsp;requirement by circumstances beyond his control, e.g. con&nbsp;finement in a concentration camp or flight as a refugee;&nbsp;(2) the applicant must seek to enter the United States solely&nbsp; to carry on his vocation as minister; and (3) his services&nbsp;must be needed and requested by a bona fide religious&nbsp;organization in the United States.</p>
Los Abogados
  • Francisco Hernandez
  • Daniel Hernandez
  • Phillip Hall
  • Rocio Martinez