On July 11, 2022, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas extended the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela. The 18-month extension will be effective between September 10, 2022, through March 10, 2024. TPS permits eligible nationals of designated countries who are already present in the United States to remain in the country for a limited period of time.
Venezuelans who are not beneficiaries under the existing designation are not eligible to register for TPS under the extension (although Venezuelan nationals have until September 9, 2022 to apply timely during the initial registration period). Only beneficiaries who have already registered or who will register during this initial registration period, and who were already residing in the United States as of March 8, 2021, are eligible to re-register for the TPS extension. This extension grants TPS holders continued work authorization and protection from removal to Venezuela.
TPS for Venezuela was initially announced on March 8, 2021, as one of the first actions by Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas under the Biden Administration. The decision followed several years of Congressional attempts, including two proposed bills in the House and Senate, to permit TPS for Venezuelans following a decline in country conditions. The recent extension marks the Biden Administration’s commitment to providing humanitarian support to Venezuelans at home and abroad while maintaining secure borders.
Approximately 343,000 individuals are projected to be eligible for TPS under the existing designation for Venezuela.
Should you need assistance with re-registering for Temporary Protected Status under the recent extension, please reach out to Stephen Antwine, Esq. at Green & Spiegel, LLC. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (215) 395-8959.