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Green Card for a Lautenberg Parolee
The Lautenberg Amendment to the Foreign Operations Appropriations Act, allows certain individuals that were denied refugee status to be inspected and paroled into the United States on a humanitarian basis. These individuals are currently processed overseas in Moscow through the Moscow Parole Program before traveling to the United States. After 1 year of residence in the United States, these individuals may then apply for a green card without regard to visa availability.
Today, this provision is limited to only those from the former Soviet Union, or from Estonia, Latvia or Lithuania, and include (but are not necessarily limited to) Jews, Evangelical Christians, and Ukrainian Christians of the Orthodox and Roman Catholic denominations. Prior to mid-1994, these provisions were available to certain individuals from Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, as well as individuals from the former Soviet Union.
For additional information, refer to Public Law 101-167 and 8 CFR 245.7.
You may be eligible to apply for a green card (permanent residence) as a Lautenberg parolee if:
To apply for a green card, you will need to file Form I-485, Application to Register Permanent Residence or Adjust Status.
Supporting Evidence for Form I-485
The following evidence should be submitted with Form I-485:
Work & Travel Authorization
Generally, when you have a pending Form I-485, it is possible for you to apply for authorization to work in the United States and to seek advance parole (advance permission to travel and be admitted to the United States upon your return). For further information, see our Work Authorization and Travel Documents pages.
Last Reviewed/Updated: 03/22/2011