The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, has designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months, until September 2022. The designation was based on Venezuela’s unsafe conditions including, a complex humanitarian crisis marked by widespread hunger and malnutrition, increasing influence and involvement of non-state armed groups, repression, and collapsing infrastructure. The TPS will allow Venezuelan nationals (and non-nationals who last resided in Venezuela) to apply for TPS in the United States.
Under Venezuela’s designation, only those who can show continuous residency in the United States as of March 8, 2021 are eligible for TPS. Individuals who wish to apply for TPS must do so during the 180-day registration period with US Citizenship and Immigration Services. They may also apply for EADs (Employment Authorization Documents) and travel permits. As part of deciding eligibility for TPS, all applicants are subjected to security and background checks.
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