Extension of TPS Registration for Venezuela, Burma and Syria

The Department of Homeland Security announced the extension of the registration period of Temporary Protected Status for Venezuela, Syria and Burma from 180 days to 18 months for initial applicants. The Federal Register notice designated the extension for Venezuela (corrections provided on the FRN) and Burma, and redesignated Syria. The 180-day registration period was determined too restrictive and burdened eligible initial applicants. The registration period extension does not change the expiration date of the TPS.

The 18-month registration for initial applicants from Venezuela runs through September 9, 2022; for initial applicants from Syria runs through September 30, 2022; and for initial applicants from Burma (Myanmar) runs through November 25, 2022.

TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of a country designated for TPS under the INA, or to eligible individuals who last habitually resided in the designated country. TPS beneficiaries may obtain Employment Authorization Documents as well as travel authorization. For an individual to qualify for TPS, the following standards must be satisfied:

  • Must be a national of the designated country, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country;
  • Must file for TPS during the initial registration period;
  • Must have maintained continuous residency in the US
    • Venezuela: since March 9, 2021
    • Burma: since March 11, 2021
    • Syria: since March 19, 2021
  • Must have maintained continuous physical presence in the US
    • Venezuela: since March 9, 2021
    • Burma: since May 25, 2021
    • Syria: since March 31, 2021

Nationals of the designated country are NOT eligible for TPS if any of the following standards apply:

  • Conviction of a felony or two or more misdemeanors in the US;
  • Are found inadmissible as an immigrant under INA section 212(a);
  • Subject to non-waivable criminal and security-related grounds;
  • Subject to any of the mandatory bars to asylum, including participation in persecution of another individual or association with terrorist activity;
  • Fail to meet the continuous physical presence or continuous residence requirements; or
  • Fail to meet initial TPS registration requirements or re-registration requirements without good cause.

Eligible individuals for TPS may file a Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. When filing an initial TPS application, the following evidence must be included (accompanied by a certified English translation, if applicable):

  • Identity and Nationality
    • Copy of passport;
    • Birth certificate, accompanied by photo identification; and/or
    • Nationality identity document bearing a photograph and/or fingerprint issued by the applicant’s country, including documents issued by the country’s embassy or consulate in the US.
  • Date of Entry
    • Copy of passport;
    • I-94 Arrival/Departure Record;
    • Copies of documents specified in the “Continuous Residence Evidence”
  • Continuous Residency
    • Employment records;
    • Rent receipts, utility bills, receipts or letter from companies;
    • School records from the schools attended by the applicant or their children while in the US;
    • Hospital or medical records of treatment or hospitalization; or
    • Attestations by church, union or other organization officials who know the applicant and where he/she have been residing.

There is a filing fee for Form I-821 for initial applicants, but not for individuals re-registering. Other fees vary, depending on the applicant’s age and whether the applicant requests a waiver of grounds of inadmissibility.

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