TPS Available Through September 17, 2024
On January 12, 2023, DHS announced an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Somalia. DHS also expanded TPS to include Somalis in the U.S. as of January 11, 2023. TPS will be available for an additional 18-months to eligible Somalis through September 17, 2024. TPS provides protection from deportation and permission to work in the U.S.
Who Is Eligible for TPS for Somalia?
A previous TPS program for Somalia provided TPS and employment authorization until March 18, 2023. Now, Somalis living in the U.S. since January 11, 2023, also are eligible to apply for TPS.
How Do I Apply for an Extension of TPS?
DHS issued a Federal Register notice announcing the extension of TPS for Somalia and the expansion of the program to include individuals from Somalia who were living in the U.S. as of January 11, 2023. Somalis who currently have TPS must apply for an extension by filing a TPS application (Form I-821) between March 13, 2023, and May 12, 2023.
How Do I Apply for TPS for the First Time?
First-time TPS applicants from Somalia must file a TPS application form between March 13, 2023, and September 17, 2024. To apply for employment authorization, applicants must file an application for employment authorization (Form-I-765).
I had TPS and Work Authorization until March 18, 2023. Was My Work Authorization Automatically Extended?
If you file for an extension of TPS by May 12, 2023, your work authorization will automatically be extended until March 17, 2024.
When Should I File for Work Authorization?
You can file an application for work authorization (Form I-765) with your TPS application or before the end of the TPS registration period. Due to the processing backlogs at USCIS, DHS recommends filing your work authorization as soon as possible.
Take Action, and Make your Voice Heard!
TPS protects people who are living in the U.S. from being forced to return to countries with unsafe and life-threatening conditions. Take action by urging President Biden to extend TPS to other countries that also qualify: 1-877-267-5060.
Remember – it’s important not to travel outside the U.S. without applying for and receiving permission to travel, advance parole.