Friday, September 07, 2012

9th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Religious Workers' Visa Case

Last week (Aug. 27), the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in Ruiz-Diaz v. United States. In the case, a Washington federal district court rejected a challenge to immigration rules that treat religious workers applying to adjust their immigration status to become permanent residents differently from those in various other employment-based preference categories. (See prior posting.) An audio recording of the full arguments is available online, and Courthouse News has a summary of the oral arguments. Appellants argued  in part that delays in the adjustment of status may lead to a religious worker having to leave the country and a church being deprived of the right to practice its religion because it cannot find a replacement.