The EB-4 visa program for non-ministers in religious vocations and occupations was set to expire on December 9, 2016. Congress has been unable to agree on what to do with this program in the long term.
At the last minute, on December 6, however, it passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) that will fund the government untilApril 28, 2017, which resolution included extending the EB-4 non-minister special immigrant visa program for religious workers.
What does this mean for non-ministers who seek EB-4 immigrant visas? If you are outside the U.S., you will need to have applied for the visa, traveled to the U.S., and been admitted here by April 28, 2017. (This is the last date the State Department is expected to place on such visas.)
If you are inside the U.S. and have applied to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for adjustment of status, your case will need to be approved before midnight on April 28, 2017. If your case remains pending with USCIS on that date, it will likely be held in abeyance (that is, your file will not be closed, but it will not be acted upon), with the hope of future legislative action.