Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows nationals of a foreign country to live and work in the U.S. because of conflict or disaster preventing their safe return to their home country. In March, the Department of Homeland Security made the announcement allowing Venezuelans and Burmese to be granted TPS, and extending the status for Syrian nationals living in the U.S. In May, Homeland Security said it will redesignate Temporary Protected Status for Haiti, giving nationals already living in the U.S. as of May 21 the opportunity to apply for protections.
The TPS status would shield them for deportation for 18 months, a term that can be renewed. The TPA announcement for Venezuelans is particularly significant, as the Venezuelan population in the U.S. of some 320,000 people will be eligible, making them the largest population of TPS recipients, with El Salvador being next at around 250,000 people. Other countries with nationals in the U.S. on TPS include Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
This is part of our June 2021 Newsletter.
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