Bible 3910082_LargeOn July 14, 2015 U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum stating that it will no longer deny Special Immigrant Religious Worker petitions due to the lawful status provisions found in federal regulations.  Under the regulations, work experience gained in the U.S. for the religious worker category had to be obtained while an immigrant was in lawful status, according to the agency. (Continue reading).