March 29, 2022

Green Card issued Under Liberian Refugee Fairness

Mooradian's client, a long-time resident of Massachusetts who has been living undocumented in the Commonwealth for decades, recently received permanent resident status and is now eligible to apply for citizenship. The client, despite having a spouse and young family, had been previously unable to receive permanent resident status due to her entry into the United States, which was unclear. The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act provided a clear path to permanent residence for thousands of Liberian nationals who had entered the United States many years ago. The Act and USCIS policy provide a strict list of standards and evidence that must be provided in order to prove eligibility for adjustment of status through the program.

Mooradian submitted a comprehensive filing in support of his client, including extensive evidence of her nationality and continuous presence in the United States.  Following a brief interview, the client was granted permanent resident status.  Given that green cards issued under the LRIF are backdated to the date of entry (or to the earliest date at which a non-citizen can prove their presence in the U.S.), the client is now eligible to apply for naturalization.

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