DED Liberia and Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness, LRIF

This page has information about Deferred Enforced Departure, DED Liberia, and how to apply for the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness, LRIF program.


DED Liberia and Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness

The Biden administration extended DED protection for Liberians until June 30, 2022. This extension allows eligible Liberians to apply for permanent residency (green card) through the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness, LRIF program. USCIS must receive your application by December 20, 2021.

You can learn more about the requirements to apply for a green card on the USCIS website.

What is Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF)?

Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness allows certain Liberians who have lived in the United States since November 20, 2014, to apply for U.S. permanent residency (green card).

LRIF benefits Liberians, their spouses, unmarried children under 21 years old, and unmarried sons and daughters 21 years old or older living in the United States who meet the eligibility requirements.

*Allow enough time to mail your application. USCIS must receive the application by December 20, 2021. USCIS won’t accept an application received after December 20, 2021, even if it’s postmarked December 20 or earlier. 

*You may not apply for adjustment of status based on LRIF after December 20, 2021.

Steps to apply for LRIF 

  • Check the requirements.
  • Read the instructions.
  • Prepare evidence to:
    • demonstrate that you are a Liberian national;
    • show all departures/arrival from the U.S.; and,
    • show that you have lived continuously in the U.S. since November 20, 20214.
  • Fill an Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status, Form I-485.
  • Send your application no later than December 20, 2021.

You can visit the USCIS page or call the USCIS Contact Center at 1-800-375-5283 for information about where to apply. For TTY (deaf or hard of hearing), you can call 1-800-767-1833.

What about my employment authorization documents (EAD)?

If you have a pending Form I-485, you may send an Application for Employment Authorization, Form I-765

You may file Form I-765 together with your Form I-485 or after you file your Form I-485. 

Based on LRIF, if you submit Form I-765 after filing your Form I-485, you must include proof that the Form I-485 is pending. For example, a photocopy of the Receipt Notice, for your Form I-485 (Form I-797).

If your EAD expires while you are waiting for your Form I-485, you should request another EAD.

Do I need to re-register for DED Liberia?

Deferred Enforced Departure, DED is a temporary immigration benefit.

DED Liberia offers protection until it expires on June 30, 2022. The day after DED Liberia ends, non-citizens out of DED protection will be considered unlawful in the United States. 

Learn more on the USCIS website.

What can I do?

You can meet with a lawyer or accredited legal representative

If you can, the best thing to do is meet with a lawyer or BIA accredited representative. You can search for a low-cost lawyer on ImmigrationLawHelp.com or on the CLINIC legal directory.

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What if I can’t meet with a lawyer? What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

We know many individuals cannot meet with a lawyer.

We know many individuals cannot meet with a lawyer. In immigration law, there are also many providers who are non-profits who receive training in immigration law. They go through a process with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to become BIA accredited representatives. These representatives must work for a non-profit organization and most have low-cost or no-cost services. You can search for an accredited representative in the Department of Justice.

Here is more information to help you understand your options. This is not legal advice but instead information to help you consider your choices.

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Immi helps immigrants understand their legal options.  You can use their online screening tool to guide you to your best options. Take the immi interview to see if you qualify for different immigration status. Immi’s legal information and referral advice are always free.

How to contact the Embassy of Liberia in the United States

Visit the Liberia Embassy website.

The address of the embassy is 5201 16th Street N.W., Washington DC 20011.

The phone number is: (202) 723-0437.

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