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Lawsuit filed in relation to TPS and permanent residency

Wanting to obtain a green card to become a permanent resident in the United States is a goal for many immigrants. Unfortunately, the path to permanent residency can be long and difficult, and as a result, many people may feel held back from certain opportunities. When additional complications arise on this path, some parties may not know what to do.

California readers may be interested in a lawsuit currently underway that relates to individuals seeking their green cards. Because numerous people who were once protected under temporary protected status (TPS) will soon lose that status, many are looking to obtain permanent residency. However, these parties are facing roadblocks because some officials state the individuals protected by TPS were not formally admitted into the country, and therefore, they cannot seek permanent residency.

Others, however, claim that these parties were given lawful status as nonimmigrants, and due to that status, they had been formally admitted into the country. This discrepancy has led many residency-seekers to face denials and delays when working to obtain the green cards or work visas that could help them remain in the country. As a result, the class-action lawsuit recently filed hopes to obtain a more uniform interpretation of the law that would show more favor toward TPS immigrants.

Because of these types of complications that can arise during the pursuit of permanent residency, many individuals may wonder whether taking the chance is worth the effort. However, obtaining a green card or work visa could help enrich the lives of those who seek such documentation. If individuals in California would like assistance with their journey toward residency, they may wish to consult with experienced immigration attorneys.

Source: post-gazette.com, "A federal lawsuit says some TPS holders should be able to seek green cards", Antonio Olivo, Feb. 22, 2018

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