Over the years, several laws have been passed covering special categories of immigrants who qualify for Lawful Permanent Residence.
Below is a list of the various ways that an individual may qualify for Lawful Permanent Residence under the EB-4 Special Immigrants category.
- A religious minister, nun, priest, rabbi, ordained deacon, or monk
- A religious instructor, counselor, or catechist
- A worker in a religious health care facility
- A religious broadcaster
FORMER EMPLOYEES OF THE U.S. GOVERNMENT, U.S. ARMED FORCES, OR THE PANAMA CANAL ZONE
- A former employee of the Panama Canal Company or the Canal Zone government
- A longtime employee of the U.S. Government foreign office
- A longtime employee of the U.S. Armed Forces
RETIRED EMPLOYEES OF INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND THEIR FAMILIES
- An employee of an International Organization who has resided in the U.S. for at least 15 years prior to his or her retirement on a G-4 or N visa
- Spouse of G-4 or N visa holder
- Child of G-4 or N visa holder
- Spouse of a deceased employee of an international organization
RETIRED CIVILIANS ON NATO-6 VISA
- A retired NATO-6 civilian
- Spouse of SN-1 visa holder
- Child of SN-1 visa holder
- Spouse of deceased NATO-6 civilian employee
EMPLOYEES OF INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING BUREAU AND THEIR FAMILIES
- An employee of the International Broadcasting Bureau of the Broadcasting Board of Governors or a grantee of such organization
- Spouse of BC-1 visa holder
- Child of BC-1 visa holder
SPECIAL AGRICULTURAL WORKERS
- A foreign agricultural worker who performed agricultural field labor for at least 90 days between May 1, 1985 and May 1, 1986
FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES
- A foreign medical graduate who came to the U.S. before January 10, 1978 on either an H or J visa, and continues to practice medicine
RETURNING PERMANENT RESIDENTS
- A lawful permanent resident who departed the U.S. with the intention of returning, but has stayed out of the U.S. for more than twelve months due to circumstances beyond his or her control
SPECIAL IMMIGRANT JUVENILES
- A foreign child who has been declared dependent in a juvenile court located in the U.S.
IRAQIS AND AFGHANIS WHO HAVE ASSISTED THE U.S.
- Nationals of Iraq or Afghanistan who worked with the U.S. Armed Forces as a translator or interpreter for at least 12 months.
- Citizens or nationals of Iraq who were employed for one year or more after March 20, 2003 by or on behalf of the U.S. in Iraq who provided faithful and valuable service to the U.S. and who have experienced or are experiencing serious threats as a consequence of this employment.
- Citizens or nationals of Afghanistan who were employed for one year or more after October 7, 2001 by or on behalf of the U.S. government in Afghanistan, who provided faithful and valuable service to the U.S., and who have experienced or are experiencing serious threats as a consequence of this employment.
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