Path To Green Card Tightened For Temporary Status Holders

By Suzanne Monyak (August 31, 2020, 7:03 PM EDT) -- Individuals living in the U.S. with temporary immigration protections will now face a tougher path to legal status under a new policy that bars immigrants from becoming eligible for permanent residency by traveling abroad and returning.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services published a policy memo Monday stating that an individual with Temporary Protected Status, a program that gives deportation protection and work permits to individuals from certain countries in crisis, who travels abroad with permission "resumes the same immigration status the alien had at the time of departure" upon return.

This interpretation will bar most TPS holders, many of whom have...

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