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IL immigration lawyerThe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is an agency of the United States Department of Homeland Security that controls the country’s naturalization and immigration system. There have been many changes to immigration laws under the current White House administration, often garnering a lot of news coverage. For those seeking asylum in the United States, understanding the required legal process is the first step in entering the country lawfully. The USCIS recently declared that it will accept applications to adjust the status for select Liberian nationals to lawful permanent resident (LPR). This adjustment is possible according to the National Defense Authorization Act’s “Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness” (LRIF) doctrine starting for the Fiscal Year 2020.

What Are the Qualifications for LPR Adjustment of Status?

Lawful permanent residents, commonly referred to as Green Card holders, are non-citizens who are legally allowed to live in the United States on a permanent basis. To qualify for a Green Card with LRIF, a Liberian national must meet several criteria before applying, such as the following:

  • File Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status
  • Is a national of Liberia
  • Has been residing in the United States for a continuous period from Nov. 20, 2014, until the date Form I-485 is correctly filed
  • Is eligible for an immigrant visa
  • Allowed in the United States for LPR status or is eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility or another type of relief

It is also important to know that the spouses, unwed children under 21, and unwed offspring who are age 21 or older of qualifying Liberian nationals may also be entitled to permanent residence. The USCIS will accept properly filed applications until Dec. 20, 2020, which is approximately one year from when the LRIF was put into place.

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Il immigration lawyerImmigration has been in the news a lot lately, especially stories about the crisis at the United States/Mexico border. Although a lot of migrants want to come to the United States, it is crucial they learn the proper terms and procedures for obtaining U.S. citizenship. Adjustment of status is the legal process for applying for permanent resident status when a person is in the United States. This is also known as applying for a Green Card. A person may obtain a Green Card without having to return to his or her home country to complete visa processing. However, if someone is outside of the United States, he or she must obtain a visa through consular processing abroad.

Steps for Adjustment of Status

There are several things a person must do before receiving a Green Card. The following are the main steps in the Adjustment of Status process:

  1. Determine eligibility (category) for application of a Green Card.
  2. The applicant or another party must file an immigrant petition (if applicable).
  3. Make sure there are visas available (if applicable).
  4. File Form I-485.
  5. Go to local Application Support Center appointment.
  6. Go to an interview (if applicable).
  7. Reply to a request for additional evidence (if applicable).
  8. Check on the status of the case.
  9. Receive a decision.

U.S. immigration laws have different categories under which an immigrant can apply for Adjustment of Status. The eligibility requirements vary depending on the immigration category. The first step in this process is to determine which (if any) immigrant category a person belongs.

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 IL immigration lawyerAnyone who has legitimate business in the United States may enter the country, on any number of valid immigrant visas. If they wish to remain in the country, they can do so, using a procedure called adjustment of status (AOS). However, they need to meet the criteria to do so, and not everyone will be able to. Understanding what the criteria are can save you money and trouble, as you can try to correct anything that needs correcting before you take the time to file.

Am I Eligible?

Before starting to file to adjust your status, you must determine whether or not you are eligible to do so from inside the country (in addition to knowing you are eligible for a green card, to begin with, meaning that you cannot have had any past immigration trouble, among other requirements). Some people can adjust status while still in the U.S., while others must leave and go through what the State Department calls consular processing in their home country.

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