There is one ultimate goal for most people who immigrate to Florida. They want to achieve citizenship in the United States. It can be a lengthy process and any number of legal obstacles can arise, which is why it pays to connect with a strong support network from the start. A group of people who came to this country from Liberia are rejoicing this week after a provision in a bill that was recently passed will allow them to apply for permanent residency if they satisfy all requirements.
Before the bill was passed, Liberians typically lived from year to year under legal status extensions because they were not eligible to apply for green cards. One immigrant advocate who spoke about the recent developments said it is cause for rejoicing because Liberians may now put down roots and gain a sense of security knowing they may seek adjustment of status to live and work in the United States on a permanent basis. Thousands of Liberian immigrants have been residing in this country on a long-term basis under protection of Deferred Enforced Departure.
There has been much controversy regarding DED and the current administration’s immigration policies involving Liberians. Many of these people have children who are U.S. citizens, as well as own businesses and homes in Florida and elsewhere. Some say they could hardly believe the recent news was real, and that it is a sign that their faith has been justified.
One woman said she is overjoyed yet cautious and will believe it is all real when she is able to obtain a U.S. passport as she has long desired as a Ph.D. student in the United States. Many people among the approximately 4,000 who have, up until this point, been DED holders will now be able to pursue citizenship and stop worrying that their time in the United States is limited. Any Florida resident concerned about legal obstacles regarding status or application for naturalization may request a meeting with an experienced immigration law attorney for guidance.