Green Card Application Process Begins for Liberians on DED/TPS

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Liberians celebrate their new path to legal status in the USA granted by the US Government

New law to also benefit spouses and children

By John F. Lloyd (Contributor)

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the immediate opening of the application process to adjust the status of Liberians who were recently granted lawful permanent resident status (Green Card) under the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for fiscal year 2020,

The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision introduced by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) was contained in Section 7611 of the NDAA. The momentous bill, enacted exclusively for Liberians, was signed into law on Dec. 20, 2019 by President Donald Trump.

According to a USCIS bulletin released Thursday, December 26, 2019, “to be eligible for permanent residence (Green Card) under LRIF, a Liberian national must have been continuously physically present in the United States from November 20, 2014, to the date they properly file an application for adjustment of status. USCIS will accept properly filed applications until December 20, 2020, one year from the enactment of the LRIF.”

USCIS also disclosed in its announcement that “the spouses, unmarried children under 21, and unmarried sons and daughters 21 or older of eligible Liberian nationals” are also eligible for Green Cards.

According to the provisions of the LRIF, legal permanent residency would be approved as of the date of arrival in the United States for eligible applicants, and the USCIS is mandated to issue work authorization for anyone with application pending for more than 180 days.

In adherence with USCIS standards, the new law prohibits eligibility for anyone convicted of a violent crime, or an individual who has 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.

Meanwhile, the Liberian Community in Washington DC has announced that arrangements are underway with partnering lawyers and immigration advocacy groups to hold a series of process information workshops across the U.S. in coordination with the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA). The workshops are expected to be held in a bid to inform Liberians of the immigration process, as well as their rights and privileges under the new law.

On December 20, 2019, three days after the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to pass the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, President Donald J. Trump signed the Act into law. The law includes a provision to bring relief to Liberians whose temporary immigration status have been renewed for 28 consecutive years.

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  1. Dear Editor,
    Thanks for publishing the announcement about Green Card application for Liberians in the United States. Please correct your caption of your article: “Green Card Application Process Begins for Liberians on DED/TPS” The new green card law “Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act “ is not a legislation to benefit Liberians with TPS/DED because for decades, TPS/DED work permits unfairly discriminated against thousands of Liberians for no justifiable reasons. By publishing a caption claiming Liberians with TPS/DED are beneficiaries, when the law has no such reference may misled thousands of Liberians unfairly discriminated and excluded from TPS/DED for decades into thinking they are once again ineligible to apply. Please help end decades of unfairness by using the exact text of the law. Thanks for your correction.
    Torli Krua

  2. Meaning that this process is optional. You accept or refuse under the emblems of either of the United States Government and that of the Republic of Liberia. Not an attempt to revisit employed cheap labor, stop from reading, re instate or sell slaves. Past activities show that past U.S. Government Officials have used this offer to have illegals they offer clearing documents including citizenship who support their wishes imposed their power sharing on legals. They also have connived with African leaders to suppress their own brothers and sisters for wealth and power. One of the causes of wars in Africa. Thus the true Liberian who should be allies or partners of the concession are under privileged in the United States until made visible upon return to Liberia. Because of the situation, for instance, the civil war, EBOLA health care, and other external circumstances, some were forced to accept paths that were inhumane in the U.S. that dragged away the already made establishments of actual Liberians who have no need to become Americans. You cannot call Liberia poor when we have our own resources especially oil just now discovered. Remember Liberia is free and a sovereign state. We need our own currency to give ourselves values and spend it wisely. Our founders set the Liberian nation this way so that this nation can exist for its owners. We will continue to refuse tyranny greed for power and unearned personal wealth to pin officials and the ordinary who have their own. If not in the right direction, the United States will continue to have the residue of the establishment while Liberia still faces financial and political internal co-existence. You cannot exchange natural blood relationship. There is only one biological identity given by our fore founders. LIBERIAN in Africa. There are some Liberians who will never want to be American citizens. Some, the other way around. Transfusion infused into either of genetics will only spark electrons into the standards of both nations and make it difficult for some to know the real Liberians or Americans who should be sharing the natural resources and finished products of both nations. In short, not every Liberian is obsessed with American citizenship. One natural identity is enough for
    me and those that follow. Any attempt to shift it or force or impose another status means a continuous strive for liberty or freedom given under God’s, the only command. If short, this offer is optional and has a choice. To be or not to be. Look keenly and see the difference in semblances, counties, emblems, states, cultures, traditions, etc. They are not the same as some think..and we should never again let impunity redefine the mother and father land.
    Best of Luck. Answer the Liberian people.

  3. The process of inheritance and how you inherit it is scientific. This means, 1/2 + 1/2 = 1. One you must have as your choice. Otherwise none is yours. Genetics.
    Gone to silence. Do not reply me. Tell Liberians.

  4. Torli Krua

    If the caption is incorrect and “, …The law has no such reference according to you” then why can’t you educate the public? May be you could help the Liberian people like you said to “…end decades of unfairness by using the exact text of the law.”

    Two major Liberian websites, the liberianobserver and frontpage.africa, have given exactly the same information, and only you who says they are not using the “exact text.” Could you kindly do the Liberian public a favor by releasing the correct information?

  5. Mr. Krua, I think one will not be misled if they read the details of the article and not just the headline. Also everyone who you referred to were one way or the other eligible for TPS right? So if the caption said FOR LIBERIANS IN THE U.S.,instead of the reference to DED-TPS,- would it still not be misleading to some people? Newspapers headlines are intended to draw people to the details because they cannot otherwise write the whole sentence.
    This is what i read in the details: According to a USCIS bulletin released Thursday, December 26, 2019, “to be eligible for permanent residence (Green Card) under LRIF, a Liberian national must have been continuously physically present in the United States from November 20, 2014, to the date they properly file an application for adjustment of status. USCIS will accept properly filed applications until December 20, 2020, one year from the enactment of the LRIF.”

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