41.0328 Ministers and missionary workers.

Cite as [A.S.A.C. § 41.0328]

(a) "Minister", as used in this section, means a person duly authorized by a recognized religious denomination having a bona fide organization in American Samoa to conduct religious worship and to perform other duties usually performed by a regular ordained pastor or clergyman of such denomination. The term shall also apply to persons duly authorized by an interdenominational organization designed to assist the various religious.

(b) An alien shall be allowed to enter and remain as a minister in American Samoa; provided, that:

(1) he/ she is entering solely for the purpose of carrying on the vocation of minister of a religious denomination;

(2) his/her services are needed by such religious denomination having a bona fide organization in American Samoa or his/her services are needed by an interdenominational religious organization; and

(3) his/her services are requested by the religious organization in American Samoa.

(c) "Missionary worker", as used in this section, encompasses all individuals performing religious work in American Samoa not included within the definition of "minister" as set forth in subsection (a) of this section.

(d) An alien missionary worker shall be allowed to enter and remain in American Samoa; provided that:

(1) it is established to the satisfaction of the immigration board that there are not American Samoans available to perform the type of missionary work to be done by the person requested ;

(2) he/she is entering solely for the purpose of carrying on religious work for the organization;

(3) his/her services are needed by such religious denomination having a bona fide organization in American Samoa or his/her services are needed by an interdenominational religious organization; and

(4) his/her services are requested by the religious organization in American Samoa.

(e) If the individual ceases to perform the missionary or ministerial services contemplated in the original immigration board approval he/she must depart American Samoa.

(f) Requests for "ministers" or "missionary" workers shall be filed on form P45 if the stay is for more than one year and on form P50 if the stay is for one year or less. Fees may be waived upon request and with showing of hardsh

History: Rule 3-86. eff 7 Dec 86.