The U.S. government has granted Temporary Protected Status to Liberia, since 1991, due to in-country civil unrest as well as the Ebola epidemic, and/or been subject to a grant of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) pursuant to the President’s constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations. In December 2019, President Trump announced that DED for Liberia would not be extended. The same year, he signed the LRIF provision under the National Defense
Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2020.
LRIF creates a pathway to lawful permanent residence for certain Liberian nationals and their close family members. Individuals who wish to adjust status under LRIF must properly file an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status (Form I-485) that is received by USCIS on or before December 20, 2020.
USCIS estimates approximately 2,200-4,200 individuals are eligible under DED for Liberia.
These individuals may be eligible to adjust status based on LRIF if they meet the requirements, which include demonstrating Liberian nationality and being continuously physically present in the U.S. during the period beginning on November 20, 2014 and ending on the date the applicant properly files Form I-485.
As of September 8, 2020, USCIS has received 2,084 LRIF based applications.
Please share the information with your friends, family and network, especially those from Liberia who may be eligible for this relief.