This bill would allow foreign nationals with either Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to adjust their status and remain in the U.S. permanently if they meet certain criteria which are described in greater detail below.
Nationals of certain countries designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to would be eligible to adjust status to lawful permanent resident (LPR) if they:
- Apply for the status adjustment no more than three years after this bill’s enactment;
- Have been continuously present in the U.S. for a period of no less than three years before this bill’s enactment; and\
- Aren’t inadmissible under the relevant sections of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).
An alien would be eligible for adjustment of status under this bill if they:
- Are a national of a foreign state (or, in the case of an alien without nationality, are a person who last habitually resided in such a state) with a designation under subsection (b) of section 244 of the INA on January 1, 2017 who had or was otherwise eligible for TPS on such date and have not engaged in conduct that’d render them ineligible for TPS; or
- Were eligible for DED as of January 1, 2017, and has not engaged in conduct since that date that would render them ineligible for DED.
Applications for adjustment of status would be subject to a reasonable fee commensurate with the cost of processing the application, but the cost wouldn’t exceed $1,140. This fee would be waived for applicants younger than 18 years of age; in foster care or otherwise lacking parental or familial support; who can’t care for themselves because of a serious, chronic disability; or whose income in the 12-month period immediately preceding their application was under 150% of the federal poverty line.
The Secretary of Homeland Security wouldn’t grant an alien LPR status on a conditional basis until necessary biometric and biometric data are completed and background checks are completed.
Aliens who appear to be prima facie eligible for relief under this bill would be given a reasonable opportunity to apply for such relief and may not be removed until a final decision establishing ineligibility for relief is rendered. Any alien present in the U.S. who has been ordered removed, or who has been permitted to depart the U.S. voluntarily, would be allowed to apply for adjustment of status under this bill and wouldn’t be required to file a separate motion to reopen, reconsider, or vacate the order of removal. If their application is approved, the order of removal would be cancelled by the Homeland Security Secretary. If the application is denied, the order or removal or permission to depart would be effective and enforceable to the same extent as if the application hadn’t been made, but only after all available administrative and judicial remedies had been exhausted.
In order to help eligible applicants under this bill, the Secretary of Homeland Security would establish a grant program within U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to award grants to eligible nonprofit organizations to provide application support services. Grant funds would be used for the design and implementation of programs that provide: 1) information to the public regarding the eligibility and benefits of permanent resident status under this Act, particularly to individuals potentially eligible for such status and 2) assistance with applying for adjustment of status and citizenship under this bill.