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Burma Temporary Protected Status Extended

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma (Myanmar) for an additional 18 months, from May 26, 2024, to November 25, 2025, due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Burma that prevent individuals from safely returning. A February 2021 military coup d’état prevented Burmese nationals and habitual residents from safely returning, including continuing violence, large-scale human rights abuses, including arbitrary detentions and the use of deadly force against unarmed individuals, mass displacement of civilians, worsened humanitarian conditions and limited access to shelter, food, water, and medical care, and spurred an economic crisis.

Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said,

“The people of Burma are continuing to suffer a complex and deteriorating humanitarian crisis due to a military coup, upheaval, and security forces’ brutal violence against civilians. Under this extension and redesignation, Burmese nationals and habitual residents will be eligible to temporarily stay in the United States until conditions in the country improve and individuals can safely return.”

News for Burmese Nationals in the United States

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma has been extended. This means:

  • About 2,300 people who already have TPS can keep it until November 25, 2025, as long as they still meet the requirements.
  • An additional 7,300 Burmese nationals or people with no nationality who used to live in Burma can now apply for TPS for the first time. To qualify, they must meet all the requirements, have been living in the United States since March 21, 2024, and have lived here ever since.

What Is Temporary Protected Status?

Temporary Protected Status grants a work permit and reprieve from deportation to certain people whose countries have experienced natural disasters, armed conflicts or exceptional situations so they can remain temporarily in the U.S. DHS grants TPS to immigrants in the U.S. who are afraid to return to their home country due to dangerous conditions. Federal immigration law recognizes that some immigrants merit legal relief. These situations can include when they have been victims of abuse, persecution, violence, or other dangerous conditions.

16 countries currently have TPS designation:

  • Afghanistan
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cameroon
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

Frequently Asked Questions About Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

  • How Do I Know If I Am Eligible for TPS? 
  • Who Determines Which Countries Are Eligible for TPS?
  • What Countries Are Designated for TPS?
  • What Are the Qualifications for TPS?
  • What Benefits Come With TPS?
  • How Long Does TPS Last?

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