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Clock is ticking for Liberians and family members to apply for green cards under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision

Posted by Ryan Kosobucki | Aug 05, 2020 | 0 Comments

The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision, enacted on Dec. 20, 2019, provides a path for certain Liberians living in the United States to become lawful permanent residents (obtain green cards). Applications must be received by USCIS by December 20, 2020, leaving just over four months left to apply.

To be eligible for permanent residence under the LIRF, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a national of Liberia
  • You have been continuously physically present in the United States from November 20, 2014, through the filing of your Form I-485 (green card application) (with no more than 180 days' of total absence); and
  • You are admissible or eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility

You are eligible to apply for permanent residence as a family member under the LIRF if you meet the following criteria:

  • You are currently the spouse, unmarried child under 21, or unmarried son or daughter 21 years old or older of a Liberian national who meets the requirements of LRIF and has applied for lawful permanent residence based on LRIF; and
  • You are admissible to the United States for lawful permanent residence or eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility

These family members are eligible regardless of their nationality.

Relief under the LIRF is available even to those applicants who are currently in removal proceedings or who already have an order of removal or voluntary departure.

You are not eligible for adjustment of status under LRIF if:

  • You have been convicted of any aggravated felony
  • You have been convicted of two or more crimes involving moral turpitude (other than a purely political offense); or
  • You have ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of any person on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion

The LIRF provision provides a huge immigration benefit to certain Liberians and their family members. If you are eligible for this relief, you do not want to miss the filing deadline or make mistakes in your application.

We can help you determine whether you and your family members are eligible (including whether you are admissible or eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility) and assist you in the application process. Please contact our office by calling (386) 506-8898 or emailing Attorney Dylan Tessier at [email protected] .

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Ryan Kosobucki

U.S. Immigration Attorney


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