PRUCOL ("Person Residing Under Color of Law") is a fancy sounding term created by the federal courts in the Holley v. Lavine case in 1978. As the court explained, the basic concept means "that an alien was residing in the United States with the knowledge and permission, express or implied, of the [USCIS] and that the [USCIS] did not contemplate enforcing his or her departure." Under Florida law, only U.S. citizens, permanent resident aliens, or someone holding PRUCOL status is eligible for a Homestead Exemption. A person in the U.S. with asylum or parole refugee status is considered PRUCOL. If you have completed the I-485 status adjustment application process to become a U.S. permanent resident, please contact us to review your documentation to see if you may also be eligible for PRUCOL status.
A person in the US under an E-, F-, H-, J-, L-, M-, N-, O-, P-, TC- or R-class visa is NOT eligible for Homestead, pursuant to Rule 12D-7.007(3), Florida Administrative Code, as they are all deemed "temporary" visas. A person in the U.S. under "Temporary Protected Status" (TPS) is also not eligible. This is true under Florida law no matter how long you have owned your home and lived/worked in Florida -- and regardless of how many times you are legally able to renew your visa.