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Foreign nationals who are ministers or work in religious occupations and who want to come to the U.S. for temporary employment by a non-profit religious organization, can come under the R1 non immigrant visa category

Previously,someone on an R-1 visa could apply for a Green Card by concurrently filing Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

Per the USCIS, “As of November 8, 2010, USCIS will no longer accept any I-485 applications, as well as Applications for Employment Authorization (Form I-765), and/or Applications for Travel Document (Form I-131), that are filed concurrently with or filed based on pending I-360 petitions”.

So any Form I-485, Form I-765, and/or Form I-131 submitted on or after November 8, 2010, should be filed with an approved I-360 petition else it will be rejected. However, applications filed before November 8, 2010 are not affected by this ruling.

Foreign nationals who are ministers or work in religious occupations and who want to come to the U.S. for temporary employment by a non-profit religious organization, can come under the R1 non immigrant visa category

In the past, someone on an R-1 visa could have applied for a Green Card by concurrently filing Form I-360, Petition for Amerasian, Widow(er), or Special Immigrant, with Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.

As of November 8, 2010, USCIS will no longer accept any I-485 applications, as well as Applications for Employment Authorization (Form I-765), and/or Applications for Travel Document (Form I-131), that are filed concurrently with or filed based on pending I-360 petitions.

So any Form I-485, Form I-765, and/or Form I-131 submitted on or after November 8, 2010, must be filed with an approved I-360 petition or it will be rejected. However, applications filed before November 8, 2010 are not affected by this ruling.

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