Employment-Based Fourth Preference Categories
Special immigrants—including, but not limited to, the following—are designated for the fourth preference category.
- Religious Workers
- Special Immigrant Juveniles
- International Employees of the U.S. Government Abroad
- Armed Forces Members
- Certain Physicians
Each fiscal year, a maximum of 5,000 workers may be granted a special immigrant non-minister religious worker visa. Special religious workers who come to the country just to practise their vocation as ministers are not subject to a cap on their number of admissions.
The foreign national must: in order to be recognised as a special immigrant religious worker :
- only in his capacity as a minister of that religion;
- a career in religion, whether it be in a paid or volunteer role; or
- a career in religion, whether it be in a professional or volunteer one.
- a legitimate American non-profit religious organisation; or
- a legitimate business that is connected to the American denomination of religion.
1.have at least two years' worth of membership in a religious denomination with a legitimate, non-profit religious organisation in the country before submitting a petition to USCIS;
2.In order to work in one of the following jobs full-time and for a salary in the United States, you must:
3.one of the following when reporting for duty:
4.had at least two years of continuous employment in one of the aforementioned positions after turning 14 in either the United States or overseas before submitting a petition to USCIS. The type of work to be done need not exactly match the previous religious work. If certain requirements are met, an interruption in the work's continuity during the previous two years will not have an impact.
Special Immigrant Juveniles
A state juvenile court may give Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS), a type of humanitarian relief, to noncitizens younger than 21 who seek protection from abuse, neglect, or abandonment. It gives young people who qualify a way to formalise their immigration status in the US.
A person is qualified for SIJS if they:
1.Is younger than 21 and unmarried.
2.Is the subject of an order by a juvenile court (such as a juvenile court, probate court, or family court) finding that:
- 1.The kid is in the care of, legally committed to, or dependent upon the court, a State agency or department, or another person or body appointed by the State or juvenile court;
- 2.Reuniting the kid with their parent(s) is not possible because of abuse, neglect, abandonment, or any comparable reason as defined by State law; and
- 3.Returning the child to their country of nationality, last place of residence, or their parent's country is not in their best interest (s).
Noncitizens can apply for SIJS if they entered the country illegally or by making a false claim to be a citizen, among other entry methods.