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What is "registry"? Can I use it to become a lawful permanent resident (LPR)?

Another way to stay in the United States if you are in removal proceedings could be to apply for registry. With registry, you are creating a legal record of entry where you don’t otherwise have one. You might be eligible to apply for registry if you can prove that you:

  • have lived in the U.S continuously since January 1, 1972;
  • have never been deported;
  • are not ineligible for citizenship;
  • are of good moral character;
  • are not inadmissible under grounds related to Nazi persecution or terrorist activity (among other grounds)

Certain crimes make you ineligible for registry. If your application for registry is granted, you will get lawful permanent resident (LPR) status.

This article gives an overview of using "registry" to become an LPR as a deportation defense