Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Venezuela is the new TPS country! Venezuela has been added to the list of TPS countries for 18 months. Venezuelan nationals and residents with no nationality can, starting March 9, 2021, seek temporary protected status and obtain lawful employment authorization. September 5, 2022, marks the end of the 18 months for temporary protected status designation for Venezuela.

The United States, from time to time, designates certain foreign countries for protected status because of the conditions that prevent its nationals from returning safely; or when the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals.
Nationals of TPS-designated countries may continue to stay in the United States upon registering according to the guidelines. It is important to note that TPS designation is temporary and grants no STATUS.


The nationals of the designated countries and individuals with no nationality who were last habitually residing in the designated country, present in the United States on the announced date, are declared eligible and must register with the USCIS during the initial filing period. They can receive employment authorization documents and also obtain travel authorization.


TPS period is extended at a time of 18 months, and the country is redesignated as such. Re-registration applications must be filed, the filing period is designated, and USCIS requires an application be made for the extension of TPS.

The reasons for TPS designation may include:

  • Haranlaw

    War-torn countries or where there is ongoing armed conflict (e.g., Syria, Yemen, and many other countries)

  • Haranlaw

    A natural disaster like an earthquake (e.g., Haiti and Nepal were granted TPS)

  • Haranlaw

    Any other extraordinary but temporary condition.


Re-designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, effective March 31, 2021, through September 30, 2022.


Re-designation of Syria for TPS allows additional eligible individuals who have been continuously residing in the United States since March 19, 2021, and constantly physically present in the U.S. since March 31, 2021, to file initial applications to obtain TPS if they are otherwise eligible.


On September 23, 2019, Syria was re-designated for 18 months, starting October 1, 2019.


On March 9, 2021, Venezuela was designated for TPS for the next 18 months, to end on September 5, 2022.


Designated on September 3, 2015, redesignated on March 4, 2017, extended till March 3, 2020.


Designated June 24, 2015. TPS for Nepal will not terminate due to interim injunction in decision Ramos et al. v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. October 3, 2018)


Termination of TPS is suspended until the decision in Saget v. Trump, No. 18-cv-01599 (E.D.N.Y.),

ElmSalvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, and Sudan are other countries to have received TPS.

Nationals of foreign countries designated for TPS may benefit from temporary protected status.


Generally, eligible citizens are those already present in the U.S. at the time of designation or who entered the U.S. within a specified date.

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