New TPS Options for Venezuela nationals!Mar 09 2021 Alexander J. Eiffe
Are you a Venezuelan national? There may be new immigration options for you! Venezuela was just designated for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for 18 months, beginning March 9, 2021, though September 9, 2022. The Initial Registration period begins today March 9, 2021 and ends on September 5, 2021. Applicants must apply within this 6-month initial registration window or risk not being eligible for TPS. To apply, you must be a national of Venezuela and have been continuously present in the U.S. since March 9, 2021. Applicants for TPS can also apply for work authorization, and if the TPS is approved, they may be issued authorization to work in the U.S. The notice published today also includes information regarding eligibility and instructions for applying for Deferred Enforcement Departure (“DED”) for eligible Venezuelan nationals. The stated reason for the designation of Venezuela for TPS is because: “Venezuela is currently facing a severe humanitarian emergency. Under Nicolás Maduro’s influence, the country “has been in the midst of a severe political and economic crisis for several years.” Venezuela’s crisis has been marked by a wide range of factors, including: Economic contraction; inflation and hyperinflation; deepening poverty; high levels of unemployment; reduced access to and shortages of food and medicine; a severely weakened medical system; the reappearance or increased incidence of certain communicable diseases; a collapse in basic services; water, electricity, and fuel shortages; political polarization; institutional and political tensions; human rights abuses and repression; crime and violence; corruption; increased human mobility and displacement (including internal migration, emigration, and return); and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, among other factors. ” 86 FR 13574 To determine if you qualify, or if you have any further questions, please contact our immigration team today.