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Definition of Religious Denominations

A religious denomination is defined as a "religious group or community of believers" having:

  1. Some form of ecclesiastical government;
  2. A creed or statement of faith;
  3. Some form of worship;
  4. A code of doctrine and discipline;
  5. Religious services and ceremonies
  6. Established places of religious worship
  7. Religious congregations; OR
  8. Comparable indicia of a bona fide religious organization.

The foreign national must be a member in a denomination but need not have membership in any particular organization. This is a very troublesome area as there exist interdenominational churches, for example.

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