Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) Act Extended to December 20, 2021

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The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness  Act (LRIF) created a limited-term program allowing many Liberians living in the United States to apply for permanent residence. Initially, LRIF’s application period opened on December 20, 2019 and was set to expire on December 20, 2020. On January 3, 2021, however, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021, extending the application period for LRIF for another year, until December 20, 2021.

This practice advisory provides a summary of the LRIF law, discusses the administrative guidance on the program, and provides practice tips for overcoming some of the obstacles applicants may face.