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Immigration considerations related to calling a non-citizen minister or other religious worker

Discerning a call for a pastor requires prayer and a willingness to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit.  As part of the planning, the immigration status of an individual can be separated from this process and handled through consultation with the Office of Immigration Issues.  The chart below provides a broad summary of relevant immigration categories and issues to be considered.  Immigration law changes frequently so call for the most up-to-date information and analysis of your specific situation. 

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