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IL immigration lawyerImmigration can be a complicated and lengthy process, with many legal steps to complete. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is a division of the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). USCIS manages the naturalization and immigration system for the country. This includes processing and adjudicating different matters, including applications for work visas, asylum, and citizenship. The agency is also tasked with safeguarding national security, eliminating immigration case backlogs, and improving efficiency. The USCIS Policy Manual is an online archive for the agency’s immigration policies. Recently, USCIS added an update to the manual to clarify the requirements surrounding naturalization applicants’ absences from the United States.

LPR Requirements

Lawful permanent residence (LPR) means a non-citizen is authorized to work and live in the United States on a permanent basis. As proof of that status, that person is issued a permanent resident card, also known as a Green Card. Anyone who wishes to immigrate to the United States is not eligible until he or she completes the required time period of continuous residence as a lawful permanent resident.

A naturalization applicant typically must reside for a continuous period in the United States after his or her LPR admission for at least five years prior to filing the naturalization application. In addition, he or she must reside here until the application is accepted. According to the law, if an applicant is away from the United States 6-12 months during the statutory period, he or she is assumed to have broken the continuity of this residence. USCIS adjudicators are responsible for determining whether naturalization applicants have broken their continuous residence when reviewing naturalization applications.

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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 lawyerThe Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) is a United States federal law that provided funds toward the investigation and prosecution of violent crimes against women, imposed automatic and mandatory restitution on those convicted, and allowed civil redress in unprosecuted cases. In addition, the Act formed the Office on Violence Against Women within the Department of Justice. Unfortunately, many undocumented immigrant women are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation. These crimes can take place in their home countries or when they try to enter the United States. However, there are forms of relief available.

Immigrants Who Are Victims of Abuse

Immigrant women can be the victims of domestic violence when they enter the country, while working, and even within their own homes. Female immigrants who are victims of abuse often fail to report such crimes for fear of deportation. Fortunately, federal immigration law provides relief in several forms of protection for immigrant women.

U visas are available for victims of certain crimes, while victims of domestic violence may petition for relief under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). U visas and VAWA petitions can be complicated, and it is important to understand the qualifications for them.

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