Special Immigrant Religious Worker Returns to Oklahoma – Welcome back, Pastor Arwakon, and the Arwakon family!

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The Arwakon family landed on January 30, 2020, at the Will Rogers Airport from the Marshall Islands. The Arwakon family will be living in Enid, OK as U.S. Permanent Residents. Pastor Arwakon will be leading the Pacific Islanders Ministry at Emmanuel Enid church. Attorney Tyler Christians helped facilitate their process of gaining permanent residency, with his immigration expertise, as Pastor Arwakon received an approval for Special Immigrant Religious Worker. We’re all excited for Pastor Burleson, Pastor Arwakon, and Emmanuel Enid as their church family grows!

Where is the Marshall Islands?

The Marshall Islands, or the Republic of the Marshall Islands, is a set of islands in Oceania, nearly six thousand (6,000) miles from Enid, Oklahoma. That’s a long way to travel!

Where is Enid, Oklahoma?

Enid, Oklahoma, the ninth largest city in Oklahoma, is located about 100 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. You may visit Emmanuel Enid Church at 2505 W Owen K Garriott Rd, Enid, OK 73703. Visit their website, emmanuelenid.org, for more information related to their ministry, programs, events, etc.

What is a Special Immigrant Religious Worker?

Special Immigrant Religious Worker is a category of worker in employment-based immigration designated for ministers and non-ministers in religious vocations and occupations who may immigrate to or adjust status in the U.S. for the purpose of performing religious work in a full-time compensated position. See the USCIS website for Special Immigrant Religious Worker for more information.


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If you or someone you know are a religious worker, and are thinking about immigrating to the United States, or if your ministry needs assistance bringing special immigrant religious workers to the United States, Christians Law, PLLC is here to help. Tyler Christians is an experienced employment-based immigration attorney and can help you with your immigration needs.

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