The Biden Administration has made several pivotal updates to the immigration reform bill, reintroduction of the DACA Act, pathway to citizenship, and more specifically Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) during this month of March. Today, we are bringing you important information about the TPS designations and what they mean.
On March 8, 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas designated Burma (Myanmar), Syria, and Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work authorization for 18 months until September 5, 2022. Applications for TPS can be submitted for processing beginning on March 9, 2021. The 180-day registration period for eligible individuals will remain effective through September 2022. It can be extended depending upon the designated-country’s conditions at the time of the next assessment.
TPS is granted to individuals who cannot return to their home countries safely. According to Secretary Mayorkas, he stated that recipients of TPS will be those whose countries have been in the midst of a “severe political and economic crisis for several years” including a deterioration of democratic institutions, a health crisis, food insecurity, increase in crime and lack of access to basic services. Those who wish to apply should do so during the initial registration period: March 9, 2021 through September 2022. Among other elements of eligibility, applicants must meet two specific residency requirements:
- Continuous residence in the United States since March 8, 2021; and
- Continuous physical presence in the U.S. since March 9, 2021.
Applicants are also eligible to apply for travel authorization and employment authorization (EADs) that will be valid through September 2022. Full instructions on the applications process can be found in the Federal Register.
On March 12, 2021, Secretary Mayorkas designated Burma (Myanmar) for Temporary Status for 18 months after careful consideration of the extraordinary and temporary conditions in Burma caused by the coup, which has resulted in continuing violence, pervasive arbitrary detentions, the use of lethal violence against peaceful protestors, and intimidation of the people of Burma. To qualify applicants must be able to demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 11, 2021.
Additionally, The Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) extending and re-designating Syria for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months, effective March 31, 2021, through September 30, 2022. The extension and re-designation were announced on January 29th, 2021 and were based upon ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Syria that prevented a safe return. The extension allows approximately 6,700 current beneficiaries to re-register and retain TPS so long as they continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela, Burma, and Syria, we are here for you. To process your TPS application feel free to contact The Law Offices of Marjory Cajoux. We are here to answer all of your immigration-related questions.