New rules for “lawful permanent residence” in Venezuela

The Venezuelans left in limbo by new US immigration plan

“We had expected many Venezuelans in the United States to be afraid of deportations and the hardships they would face, given the ongoing economic crisis and the lack of access to basic services,” said Efrain Ponce, president of the Venezuelan National Association of Latino Associations and Clubs. “But many of them have not been afraid, and they have taken action to participate in the community as though nothing had happened.”

Ponce explained that the new rules, instituted by the Department of Homeland Security on October 20, created an “unprecedented atmosphere of fear and uncertainty for Venezuelans in the United States.”

He said that the new rules made it difficult for those who had their green cards, which provide automatic immigration status, renewed, to move on with their lives, despite their long time residence in the U.S.

“The new rules have created a great deal of fear especially for the small businesses and workers that are the main engines of the local economy,” Ponce said.

The new rules, which were announced simultaneously by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services division of the U.S. Department of Justice, would require a person to leave the U.S. who has been here for more than two years to apply for “lawful permanent residence” for a specified period.

Under the new policies, which were implemented on October 20, the “lawful permanent resident” (LPR) program allows individuals who have had their green cards for over two years to apply for a green card under a “special and extraordinary relationship” with the U.S. The LPR process requires proof of continuous residency in the U.S. for a minimum of five years, proof of an ability to pay a “reasonable” amount of taxes, and other factors.

The D.O.S.S. would also be required to establish a

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