T he U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled on March 31st, 2017 in the case of Ramirez V. Dougherty that being granted Temporary Protected Status satisfies the “admission” requirement for Adjustment of Status purposes. In the past, if an applicant had entered without inspection, USCIS would not permit that applicant to later Adjust Status to that of a Legal Permanent Resident, even if the person was granted TPS, allowing them to legally remain and work in the USA. This Ninth Circuit Decision puts it inline with other decisions, including Flores v. USCIS No. 12-3549, (6th Cir. June 4, 2013) that also deemed TPS to be an admission for adjustment purposes. These important decisions create a vital window allowing applicants a route to becoming legal permanent residents.
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