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Homeland Security Extends Burma’s Temporary Protected Status

In a recent announcement, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas declared an 18-month extension and redesignation of Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), running from May 26, 2024, to November 25, 2025. This decision arises from the ongoing turmoil in Burma, including the military coup of February 1, 2021, and ongoing violence, which prevent individuals from safely returning. The extension allows approximately 2,300 current beneficiaries to maintain TPS, while about 7,300 additional nationals or individuals last habitually residing in Burma can apply for TPS if they meet eligibility criteria and arrived in the United States on or before March 21, 2024.

Accompanying the TPS extension is a Special Student Relief notice for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Burma, enabling eligible students to request employment authorization, work more hours during school sessions, and reduce their course load while maintaining F-1 status through the TPS designation period.

Re-registration for current TPS beneficiaries is imperative, with a 60-day window from March 25, 2024, through May 24, 2024, to ensure continued TPS status and employment authorization. The validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under Burma’s previous TPS designation is automatically extended through May 25, 2025. New registrants under the extension and redesignation will receive an EAD for 18 months, valid through November 25, 2025.

USCIS will proceed with pending applications under previous TPS designations for Burma, granting TPS through November 25, 2025, and issuing EADs accordingly. Eligible individuals without prior TPS status can submit initial applications during the registration period from March 25, 2024, through November 25, 2025, along with requests for TPS-related EADs and travel authorization.

For detailed eligibility criteria, application timelines, and procedures for re-registration or initial applications, individuals are encouraged to refer to the Federal Register notice. It’s essential to stay informed and take necessary steps to ensure continued protection under TPS for Burma.

For legal assistance navigating the TPS extension and redesignation for Burma, contact Jeelani Law Firm. Our experienced immigration attorneys are here to provide personalized support and guidance throughout the application process.

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