Exciting news for Liberian nationals: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is now accepting Green Card applications from certain Liberian nationals. The new process was created by Section 7611 of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020, Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF).

To meet eligibility requirements under LRIF, a Liberian national must have been continuously physically present in the U.S. from November 20, 2014, to the date properly filed on the application for adjustment of status. Properly filed applications will be accepted by USCIS until Dec. 20, 2020, one year from the signing of the LRIF.

LRIF applicants must be eligible to receive an immigrant visa and be admissible to the US aside from the new LRIF guidelines. Also elgible for Green Cards under the new rules: spouses, unmarried children under age 21, and the unmarried children 21 or older of eligible Liberian nationals.


Note, you are ineligible under LRIF if:

  • You have been convicted of two or more crimes of moral turpitude
  • You have been convicted of an aggravated felony
  • You have participated in the persecution of any person because of their nationality, race, religion, political opinion or social group

Ineligibility Exceptions

These inadmissibility grounds do not apply under the LRIF:

  • Labor Certification Requirements
  • Public Charge
  • Documentation Requirements
  • Aliens Present Without Admission or Parole

How to File for a Green Card Under LRIF

All applications for adjustment to permanent residence status are filed using Form I-485.

To ensure that you meet all the requirements of LRIF and are able to correctly file your application, get in touch with the Immigration Law team at JacksonWhite. Our experienced team can help you no matter where you currently live. Please see our contact information below.


Call our Immigration team at (480) 626-2388 to discuss your case today.

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