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Non-Minister Sunset Provision

Non-Minister Sunset Temporarily Extended until April 28, 2017

The immigration program that allows non-minister religious workers (e.g. religious brothers and sisters, those in formation, and all other non-minster religious workers) to apply for permanent residence is currently scheduled to expire April 28, 2017. This program was temporarily extended by Congress when it passed a continuing resolution earlier this month. During this temporary extension, USCIS continues to adjudicate and accept I-485 adjustment of status applications filed by non-minister religious workers applying for permanent residence. USCIS continues to accept and adjudicate any pending I-360 immigrant petitions filed on behalf of non-minister religious workers.

Please note: this extension does not affect the R-1 (temporary) visa program, which continues to operate as normal.

We strongly encourage you to inform your religious organization about this program and let your elected representatives know how important this program is to you and for the church’s work in the U.S. If you have specific questions please contact your RIS attorney.


Download the Sample Letter for Religious Sisters

Download the Sample Letter for Religious Brothers

Download a General Sample Letter


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