The Biden administration has extended a program that allows Venezuelans currently in the United States to legally stay in the U.S. under Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The 18-month extension of TPS for Venezuela will be effective from September 10, 2022, through March 10, 2024. The extension does not allow new applications to TPS for Venezuelans. Only individuals under Venezuela’s existing designation who were already residing in the United States as of March 8, 2021, are eligible to re-register for TPS under this extension. Approximately 250,000 Venezuelans have entered the United States since the original March 8, 2021, TPS date.
This extension gives approximately 340,000 Venezuelans living in the U.S. temporary protected status until March 10, 2024. Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas gave Venezuels TPS in March 2021 due to the country’s severe political and economic crisis.
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. The Department of Homeland Security (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 situations.
15 countries currently have TPS designation.
Do you have questions about your immigration status? United States immigration laws are complicated and updated frequently. When you petition or apply for Temporary Protected Status and other humanitarian defenses and immigration benefits, it is vital to have an experienced immigration attorney by your side. An experienced immigration attorney at Godoy Law Office in Cook and Dupage Counties, Illinois, can review your immigration eligibility and applications or renewals. Contact our office or call us at 630-912-0322.