U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended the filing period for those applying for permanent residency under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness program. The filing period had been set to expire Dec. 20, 2020.
Background: In 2018, President Trump moved to terminate the Deferred Enforced Departure program for Liberia, and extended the wind-down period a number of times, most recently until Jan. 10, 2021. The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness program, enacted on Dec. 20, 2019 under the National Defense Authorization law, allows certain Liberian nationals and eligible spouses and children to apply for green cards if they have been “continually physically present” in the U.S. since Nov. 20, 2014 and meet other eligibility criteria.
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