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LRIF: Green Card and Citizenship for Liberians

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Deadline: December 20, 2020

You must submit your request for assistance to the Institute by 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 in order for us to file your application before the USCIS Dec. 20 deadline.

There will be no deadline extension. Start your application as soon as possible!

Step 1: Apply for your green card

Step 2: Apply for citizenship

Step 3: Enjoy the benefits of being a U.S. citizen!


❓ LRIF Eligibility

➡️ Request Appointment

✍️ Prepare for Appointment


What is LRIF?

As of December 2019, the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (LRIFA) allows certain Liberians and their eligible family members to apply to adjust to lawful permanent resident status (become green card holders).

Additionally, many Liberians will be automatically eligible to apply for citizenship after receiving their green cards based on the date they first entered the United States. In addition to assisting you with your green card, the Institute helps community members apply for citizenship.

Am I Eligible for a Green Card under LRIF?

In order to be eligible for lawful permanent residence, you must meet all of the following LRIF requirements from USCIS:

  • You properly complete and file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, by Dec. 20, 2020
  • You are a national of Liberia
  • You have been continuously physically present in the United States during the period beginning on Nov. 20, 2014 and ending on the date you properly file your Form I-485
  • You are admissible to the United States for lawful permanent residence or eligible for a waiver of inadmissibility or other form of relief.

If you are applying as a national of Liberia, you must submit evidence of being a Liberian national. Examples of evidence include but are not limited to an unexpired Liberian passport or a Liberian certificate of naturalization.

See the Institute’s Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Information Packet for more information.

Get Help Applying Under LRIF

We are scheduling remote (not in-person) LRIF green card appointments on the phone or through Zoom video.

First, you must complete our intake form (below). After completing the form, we will contact you to go over additional questions and discuss setting up an appointment. You must submit your request for assistance by 5 p.m. on Dec. 4 in order for us to file your application before the Dec. 20 deadline. (If you know a Liberian who does not have internet access and cannot complete this online form, they may call 651-647-0191 – Press 2 for Immigration and mention “LRIF” in your voice message)

LRIF Intake Form

  • Next Steps

    After submitting this initial form, we will contact you to go through more questions to make sure you are eligible for the program and that we are able to assist. Before your appointment, we will call you for an initial screening; this will take approximately 15-20 minutes. The International Institute of Minnesota has DOJ Accredited Legal Representatives that are currently working with the LRIF program. If for some reason we are unable to assist with your specific case, we will provide you with other legal resources who are also working with the LRIF program.

Note: The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act is a new program and government requirements may change. Our staff will stay informed of USCIS announcements and will work diligently to update our clients. We appreciate your patience as we navigate LRIF together.

Prepare for LRIF Appointment

If an Institute staff member has already scheduled your appointment, follow these steps to prepare for your LRIF green card application.

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