Redesignation Allows Additional Eligible Somali Nationals to Apply for TPS and Employment Authorization Documents
Magazine, Immigration, USCIS Alert
The Department of Homeland Security has announced that Somalia will be extended for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from March 18, 2023, through September 17, 2024. This means that individuals who meet the eligibility requirements for TPS may be able to stay in the United States without fear of deportation and apply for work authorization during this period.
The redesignation of Somalia for TPS will allow an estimated 2,200 additional Somali nationals (or individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) who have been continuously residing in the United States since Jan. 11, 2023, and continuously physically present in the United States since March 18, 2023, to file initial applications to obtain TPS, if they are otherwise eligible.
Individuals who are currently receiving TPS under Somalia’s prior designation must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period from March 13, 2023, through May 9, 2023, to ensure they keep their TPS and work authorization. USCIS will continue to process pending applications filed under Somalia’s previous TPS designation.
The Federal Register notice provides information on eligibility criteria, timelines, and procedures necessary for both current beneficiaries and new applicants to re-register, renew EADs, and apply for initial TPS designation and EADs.
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