The Status Application is important if you wish to avoid immigration hassles
This is particularly important for the religious workers. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has called for the special immigrant religious workers who are still awaiting their petition for Amerasian, widow(er), of Special Immigrant, in accordance with the Form I-360. Their filing for the application with regard to permanent residence of Adjustment in Status is required to complete all the formalities within the 31st of August, 2009 through Form I-485.
This is a serious reminder issued by USCIS due to the content of the publication that came under the U.S. Department of State. One can refer to the September 2009 Visa Bulletin, where it is stated that the visas for employment with regard to the fourth preference category will no longer be available from the 1st of September, 2009. The special immigrant religious workers come under its purview. A suitably filed Form I-485 that is based on either the pending or approved Form I-360 seeks the classification of the special religious immigrant workers into the following categories: minister (SD-1), non-minister (SR-1), or I-485 applications that are in concurrence with the I-360 petitions, within the specified date.
Those immigrant religious workers who do not fall under the purview of the September 30, 2009 sunset date and who fail to file their applications before the August 31st, 2009, need to wait for the fourth preference in order to seek an adjustment of their status.