Living in Limbo No More - The Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act and How Attorneys Can Help

Event Description

Volunteer Lawyers Network
MSBA Immigration Section
The Advocates for Human Rights
American Immigration Lawyers Association, MN/Dakotas Chapter - Pro Bono Committee

After years of advocacy by community groups and leaders, on December 20, 2019, the president signed the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Act (section 7611) (LRIFA). The eligibility criteria for adjustment extends broadly and applies to Liberian nationals who have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since November 20, 2014 and are otherwise admissible. Spouses, children and unmarried sons and daughters are also eligible to adjust status. The window to apply is short—one year from the LRIFA’s enactment.

Nationwide more than 4,000 Liberian nationals and their immediate family members may be eligible to adjust their status to lawful permanent residency. Minnesota’s Liberian community, the largest in the U.S. numbering about 30,000, includes many people who will be seeking legal help to apply for adjustment of status.

The CLE will cover the background of LRIFA, eligibility requirements, what will be needed to apply, how to screen for eligibility, how to refer for legal help, and how to volunteer through the Volunteer Lawyers Network or other community initiatives. Participants will be asked to provide pro bono legal services through the Volunteer Lawyers Network LRIFA Pro Se Legal Clinic.


David Kubat | Attorney, Zimmer Law Group

Michele Garnett-McKenzie | Deputy Director, The Advocates for Human Rights

Colleen Beebe Purisaca | Immigrant Legal Services Program Director, Volunteer Lawyers Network

CLE Credits:

2.0 Standard CLE Credits | Event Code: 289837


Free for all attendees.

Note: online registration is available to members and non-members; however, email Kayla Erbach if you are having difficulties.

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation is available via webcast.

Registration deadline: January 31

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Glacial Lakes Room / Minnesota State Bar Association Minneapolis, MN United States