DHS Rescinded Matter of Z-R-Z-C

On 1 July 2022, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (also known as “DHS”) issued a Policy Alert and Policy Memorandum (PM-602-0188). In the Policy Memorandum, the Department of Homeland Security rescinded Matter of Z-R-Z-C as binding authority upon U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). Rescinding Matter of Z-R-Z-C affects foreign nationals in temporary protected status. In particular, rescinding Matter of Z-R-Z-C eases the path to permanent resident status (“green card”) for some temporary protected status beneficiaries. This recent policy change impacts one factor for a TPS beneficiary’s eligibility to apply for a green card through status adjustment (I-485 Form). For more detail, please see this blog. To determine eligibility for temporary protected status, a foreign national in America may check the nations listed on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ website.