The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued new guidance detailing the requirements that must be met by immigrants to the US wishing to apply for a Green Card after facing challenges such as family violence or natural disasters.
Among the required criteria are having an approved I-140 form, being in valid non-immigrant status or authorised grace period, and meeting certain biometrics and criminal background requirements.
The USCIS will also exercise discretion to determine whether an applicant demonstrates compelling circumstances justifying employment authorisation issuance. The non-exhaustive list of qualifying circumstances offers individuals an opportunity to present evidence supporting their case.
“These measures are a significant step towards supporting individuals facing challenging situations and ensuring their ability to work lawfully in the United States,” said Ajay Bhutoria.