U.S. Department of Homeland Security Announces Re-Registration Process for Current Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries from Venezuela.
On September 7, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a Notice in the Federal Register explaining how current Venezuela Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Beneficiaries can re-register and keep their TPS status and (optionally) renew their Employment Authorization Documents (Work Permit).
What are the dates of the extended designation of Venezuela for TPS? Venezuela has been designated for TPS from September 10, 2022 through March 10, 2024.
Who is eligible to apply for the extension of TPS for Venezuela? In order to establish eligibility you must show that you already applied for and were granted TPS for Venezuela and you were already residing in the United States as of March 8, 2021. If you arrived in the United States after March 8, 2021, then you will not be eligible for TPS.
When is the re-registration period for TPS applications? In order to re-register for Venezuela TPS, you must file your re-registration application during the 60-day re-registration period from September 8, 2022 to November 7, 2022.
What about your Work Permit? If your work permit is about to expire (on September 9, 2022 – the end of the initial registration period), you will be happy to know that the Federal Register Notice automatically extends the validity of all Work Permits previously issued under the TPS designation of Venezuela through September 9, 2023!!
What if my Application for Initial TPS is still pending with USCIS? USCIS has announced that it will continue to process all pending applications that were filed under Venezuela’s initial TPS designation. This means that individuals with a pending Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) or a related I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) do NOT need to file either application again. If USCIS approves a Form I-821 or Form I-765 that was filed under the initial designation of Venezuela TPS, then USCIS will approve TPS through March 10, 2024, and issue a new Work Permit that will be valid through March 10, 2024.
If you are from Venezuela and you need assistance with your Application for Temporary Protected Status, contact U.S. Immigration Lawyer Sean D. Hummel.