DHS Announces Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela
Temporary Protected Status has been extended for Venezuela until March 10, 2024. This is an extension: new applicants are not being accepted.
Current beneficiaries may extend their benefits, but they must re-register by November 7, 2022. If your employment authorization document (EAD) expires on September 9, 2022 it will receive an automatic one-year extension that will be good through September 9, 2023.
Students with F-1 status who are experiencing severe economic hardship as a direct result of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela may also take advantage of certain suspended employment authorization rules.
What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?
This status allows migrants from countries with unsafe conditions to live and work in the United States. TPS allows you at least 18 months to remain in the country.
That 18 months can often buy you time to become eligible for a permanent residency category, either through employment sponsorship or through a different green card program, though TPS is not, in and of itself, a path to a green card or citizenship.
Who is eligible for TPS Venezuela?
To be eligible, you must:
- Be a national of Venezuela
- File during the registration or re-registration period
- Have continuously resided in the United States since March 8, 2021
- Meet all additional admissibility requirements (i.e., no criminal record, no association with terrorist organizations).
If you are a current beneficiary, you will remain a beneficiary through March 10, 2024, so long as you continue to meet eligibility requirements and re-register by the re-registration period. DHS has not yet published instructions for re-registration.
Venezuelan Students with F-1 Status
Venezuelan students with F-1 status are eligible for Special Student Relief (SSR). It allows Venezuelan students to request employment authorizations, work an increased number of hours while school is in session, and reduce their course load without threatening their F-1 status.
SSR is effective through March 10, 2024. You must establish that you’re a citizen of Venezuela, were lawfully present in the United States on F-1 status on April 22, 2021, are enrolled in an SEVP-certified organization, are currently maintaining F-1 status, and are experiencing severe economic hardships as a result of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.
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