USCIS Announces Rescission of Matter of Z-R-Z-C- as an Adopted Decision

July 11, 2022

On July 1, 2022, USCIS released a policy memorandum rescinding Matter of Z-R-Z-C– as an Adopted Decision and providing updated guidance on the effects of authorized travel by Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries.

Under the updated policy guidance, USCIS introduced two primary benefits.

First, USCIS will no longer use advance parole for travel authorization for TPS holders, but instead will provide new TPS travel authorization documents. These travel authorization documents will serve as evidence as prior consent for travel and will be the basis that the travel authorization document holder may be inspected and admitted into TPS.

Second, TPS beneficiaries who have been inspected and admitted into TPS will have been “inspected and admitted” and “present in the United States pursuant to a lawful admission” for purposes of adjustment of status under the INA. This will be true even if the TPS beneficiary was present without inspection/admission or parole when they initially were granted TPS.

Matter of Z-R-Z-C- was originally adopted by USCIS on August 20, 2020, and diminished green card eligibility for TPS holders who had traveled outside of the U.S. on advance parole.

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