The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma for an additional 18 months, from November 26, 2022, through May 25, 2024. 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.”
There are approximately 970 current beneficiaries of Burma TPS. Current TPS beneficiaries who want the extended TPS must re-register in a timely manner during the 60-day re-registration period from September 27, 2022, through November 26, 2022, to ensure they keep their TPS and work authorization without a gap.
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.
15 countries currently have TPS designation:
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