Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness: filing for adjustment of status extended.

The filing period for certain Liberian nationals and certain family members to apply for adjustment of status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision has been extended from one year to two years.

If you think you may be eligible but still have questions it is always a good idea to schedule a legal consultation.

USCIS prepared the following Q&A sheet: if you still have questions.

Here are 3 things you need to know about the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

  1. What is? Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness is a program established by Congress that provides Liberian nationals who have lived in the United States for many years an opportunity to apply for lawful permanent resident (LPR) status, receive a green card, and eventually to naturalize as U.S. citizens.
  2. When? The program was created on December 20, 2019. Congress reached a bipartisan consensus to pass LRIF, a law that established a pathway to permanent status and ultimately citizenship for Liberians living in the U.S. For three decades, many Liberians in the U.S. have been protected from deportation and authorized to work, as conditions in Liberia remained unsafe for return. These protections provided critical humanitarian relief for Liberians living in the U.S., and also provided support for Liberia as a valued U.S. ally.
  3. Who is eligible? Individuals can apply for adjustment of status under LRIF if they are a Liberian national and have been continuously present in the U.S. since at least November 20, 2014, and have not committed certain crimes. Spouses and unmarried children of LRIF-eligible Liberian nationals can also apply for a green card under LRIF.

Schedule a legal consultation at ☎️(510) 437-9998 if you think you can qualify for adjustment of status under the LRIF provision.

Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants with Temporary Status Seeking Green Cards.

However, there are exceptions in which it is possible to apply for permanent residence being a beneficiary of TPS if you meet certain requirements.

Schedule a consultation and let’s find a legal solution to your situation.

Read more on Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants with TPS Seeking Green Cards below
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The justices said immigrants with “temporary protected status” who entered the country without authorization may not apply for lawful permanent residency.

The case confronted two sections of immigration law: one that says that those in TPS should be considered as “maintaining lawful status,” and another that says in order to adjust status, an individual in TPS must have been admitted lawfully.

Justice Elena Kagan wrote for the court that federal immigration law prohibits people who entered the country illegally and now have Temporary Protected Status from seeking “green cards” to remain in the country permanently.

The decision does not affect immigrants with TPS who initially entered the U.S. legally and then overstayed their visa. Because those people were legally admitted to the country and later were given humanitarian protections, they can seek to become permanent residents.


The case, Sanchez v. Mayorkas, No. 20-315, could affect tens of thousands of immigrants. It was brought by Jose Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez, natives of El Salvador who entered the United States unlawfully in the late 1990s.

Mr. Sanchez and Ms. Gonzalez, a married couple, were granted protection under the program. In 2014, they applied for lawful permanent residency, commonly known as a green card. After their application was denied, they sued.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in Philadelphia, ruled against them, saying they were ineligible under a part of the immigration laws that requires applicants to have been “inspected and admitted” into the United States.

Temporary protected status, Judge Thomas M. Hardiman wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel, “does not constitute an admission.”

Schedule a consultation and together we can find a legal solution for your case. Call us at (510) 437-9998.

La Corte Suprema de Estados Unidos resuelve que las personas beneficiarias del programa TPS no son elegibles para una residencia permanente.
Sin embargo, existen excepciones en las que es posible aplicar a una residencia permanente siendo beneficiario del programa TPS al cumplir con ciertos requisitos específicos.

Sugerimos agendar una consulta si Usted cree que puede cumplir los requisitos o para evaluar su caso particular.

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Los jueces dijeron que los inmigrantes con “estatus de protección temporal” que ingresaron al país sin autorización no pueden solicitar la residencia permanente legal.  
El caso enfrentó dos secciones de la ley de inmigración: una que dice que aquellos en TPS deben ser considerados como “manteniendo el estatus legal”, y otro que dice que para ajustar el estatus, un individuo en TPS debe haber sido admitido legalmente.  
La jueza Elena Kagan escribió para el tribunal que la ley federal de inmigración prohíbe a las personas que ingresaron al país ilegalmente y ahora tienen un estatus de protección temporal solicitar residencia permanente (Green card), para permanecer en el país de forma permanente.  
La decisión no afecta a los inmigrantes con TPS que inicialmente ingresaron a los EE. UU. legalmente y se quedaron más tiempo de su visa. Debido a que esas personas fueron admitidas legalmente en el país y luego recibieron protección humanitaria, ellos pueden buscar convertirse en residentes permanentes.

National Immigrant Heritage Month, 2021

Highlights from the Proclamation
on National Immigrant Heritage Month:

  • America is, always has been, and always will be a Nation of immigrants.
  • During National Immigrant Heritage Month, we reaffirm and draw strength from that enduring identity and celebrate the history and achievements of immigrant communities across our Nation.
  • In every era, immigrant innovators, workers, entrepreneurs, and community leaders have fortified and defended us, fed us and cared for us, advanced the limits of our thinking, and broken new ground.
  • After an especially difficult period marked by both the COVID-19 pandemic and the all-too-frequent demonization of immigrants, it is vital that our Nation reflect on the leadership, resilience, and courage shown by generations of immigrant communities, and recommit ourselves to our values as a welcoming Nation.
  • I am honored to serve alongside Vice President Harris, the first daughter of immigrants to hold the Office of the Vice President, and to work with so many dedicated public servants who are immigrants — and who carry with them every day the legacies of their families’ sacrifice and resilience.
  • Nearly 11 million people in this country are undocumented — and it is time that the Congress acts by passing the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, the immigration reform plan that I introduced on day one of my Presidency. 
  • My plan would provide a pathway to lawful permanent residency and citizenship for these undocumented immigrants, including Dreamers, individuals with Temporary Protected Status, farm workers, and other essential workers who contribute to our Nation every day.
  • Vice President Harris and I affirm that immigrants historically have made and continue to make our Nation stronger.  I urge my fellow Americans to join us this month in celebrating immigrant heritage, stories, and cultures.

President Biden.

Read the full proclamation here.

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  • Estados Unidos es, siempre ha sido y siempre será una nación de inmigrantes.
  • Durante el Mes Nacional de la Herencia del Inmigrante, reafirmamos y sacamos fuerza de esa identidad perdurable y celebramos la historia y los logros de las comunidades de inmigrantes en toda nuestra nación.
  • En todas las épocas, los inmigrantes innovadores, trabajadores, empresarios y líderes comunitarios nos han fortalecido y defendido, nos han alimentado y cuidado, han avanzado los límites de nuestro pensamiento y han abierto nuevos caminos.
  • Después de un período especialmente difícil marcado tanto por la pandemia de COVID-19 como por la demonización demasiado frecuente de los inmigrantes, es vital que nuestra Nación reflexione sobre el liderazgo, la resistencia y el coraje mostrados por generaciones de comunidades de inmigrantes, y volvamos a comprometernos con nuestros valores como Nación acogedora.
  • Es un honor para mí servir junto con la vicepresidente Harris, la primera hija de inmigrantes en ocupar el cargo de vicepresidente, y trabajar con tantos servidores públicos dedicados que son inmigrantes, y que llevan consigo todos los días el legado de sus familias sacrificio y resiliencia.
  • Casi 11 millones de personas en este país son indocumentadas, y es hora de que el Congreso actúe aprobando la Ley de Ciudadanía de los Estados Unidos de 2021, el plan de reforma migratoria que presenté el primer día de mi presidencia.
  • Mi plan proporcionaría un camino hacia la residencia permanente legal y la ciudadanía para estos inmigrantes indocumentados, incluidos los soñadores, las personas con estatus de protección temporal, los trabajadores agrícolas y otros trabajadores esenciales que contribuyen a nuestra nación todos los días.
  • La vicepresidenta Harris y yo afirmamos que históricamente los inmigrantes han hecho y continúan fortaleciendo a nuestra nación.
  • Insto a mis compatriotas estadounidenses a que se unan a nosotros este mes para celebrar la herencia, las historias y las culturas de los inmigrantes.

Presidente Biden