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Temporary Protected Status Extended for Venezuelans

By July 21, 2022July 26th, 2022No Comments

The Department of Homeland Security is extending the designation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eighteen months. This extension for Venezuela will be in effect from September 10, 2022, through March 19, 2024. This extension grants TPS holders continued work authorization and protection from removal to Venezuela.

The TPS was declared by Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas in March of 2021. It was announced as a result of the drastic political calamity and impoverishment taking place throughout the nation. Many also fled to the U.S. to escape Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro’s regime.

Only those under the existing designation who were already residing in the United States as of March 8th, 2021, will qualify. Those who arrived after this date are unfortunately not eligible.

The upcoming Federal Register notice will release directions on how to re-registering for TPS and how to apply for the renewal of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Venezuelans who are currently eligible for TPS and have not yet applied with USCIS should file their application before September 9, 2022. President Biden is providing support to Venezuelans and is committed to providing them with safety and security in the U.S.