Secretary of Homeland Security Mayorkas has extended and redesignated Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months on October 6, 2023. Cameroon TPS has been extended from December 8, 202 through June 7, 2025. This is due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Cameroon that make it unsafe for people to return. People from Cameroon who are already in the United States can stay here for another 18 months, and new people from Cameroon can come to the United States and apply for TPS if they meet the requirements. This is because the situation in Cameroon is still too dangerous for people to return home safely.
In addition, the announcement also included a Special Student Relief notice for F-1 nonimmigrant students from Cameroon. This notice allows these students to request employment authorization, work more hours while school is in session, and reduce their course load without losing their F-1 status. This relief will last for the duration of the TPS designation period.
In announcing Cameroon’s extended TPS status, Secretary Mayorkas said:
“The United States will continue to offer safety and protection to Cameroonian nationals who are currently unable to safely return home due to ongoing armed conflict, and extraordinary and temporary conditions including human rights abuses. We will offer our support to Cameroonian nationals through this temporary form of humanitarian relief.”
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