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Religious workers from all over the world are called to the United States every year to fulfill their faith’s mission, but the complexity  and ever changing landscape of U.S. immigration law can make the journey difficult without proper guidance. This is where Religious Immigration Services can help.

Established in 1988 as part of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc., Religious Immigration Services is one of the few groups in the United States specializing in religious immigration law. These experienced legal professionals work closely with religious organizations who wish to bring a religious worker to the U.S.

Religious Immigration Services is currently accepting new cases. Please contact us at or 301.565.4832 to learn more.

To learn more, download the RIS flyer. For new clients, please contact RIS Director, Miguel Naranjo at 301.565.4832.


Update on Non-Minister Sunset Provision

On Friday February 15, 2019 President Trump signed the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019” (H.J. Res. 31) into law, funding the federal government through September 30, 2019. The Act also extends several immigration programs.  Division H, Sec. 102 of the Act amends the sunset date of the Non-Minister Permanent Residence Program under Sec. 101(a)(27)(C)(ii)(II) and (III) of the Immigration and Nationality Act until September 30, 2019.  Thus, the Non-Minister Permanent Residence Program is extended until September 30, 2019. 


Recent RIS Blog Articles

USCIS’ new policy guidance could put more immigrants at risk of being deported because the agency deemed them removable. Learn what this could mean for workers in your religious community.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a significant policy change that will affect immigrant students studying in the United States under certain visas, and their dependents. Read more to see how these individuals could immediately begin to accrue unlawful presence.

Nicole Bonjean

Awa Sylla joins CLINIC after attending law school at Indiana University. Fueled by the desire to “protect the vulnerable,” she is excited to be an advocate for those in need.

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Graciela Mateo

CLINIC’s newest attorney Graciela Mateo says becoming an attorney was a dream of hers since she was nine years old. Read more to see what volunteer experiences led her to immigration and how she is settling into her new role as a staff attorney with Religious Immigration Services.

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