WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TPS FOR SOMALIA

Updated 8/3/2021

DHS Extends and Re-designates TPS for Somalia for 18 months!

On July 19, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended and re-designated Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from September 18, 2021 through March 17, 2023. TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible individuals from designated countries who are unable to return home safely due to conditions or circumstances in their home countries.

Eligibility

Individuals who: are Somali nationals, or without nationality who last regularly lived in Somalia; have continuously lived in the U.S. since July 19, 2021; and have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since September 18, 2021, may be eligible to register or re-register for TPS. Some individuals may be ineligible under certain disqualifying crimes and offenses.

Applying for TPS For the First Time
Eligible individuals must timely apply, or register, for TPS. To register, individuals must submit a complete application (Form I-821), with required documentation and applicable filings fees, or a request for a waiver of those fees, to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the registration period. The registration period for first-time TPS applicants is for the full 18-month designation, until March 17, 2023.

Renewing TPS
Eligible individuals who already have TPS must also timely re-register for TPS. To re-register, individuals must submit a complete application (Form I-821), with required documentation and applicable filings fees, or a request for a waiver of those fees, to USCIS within the 60-day re-registration period, from July 22, 2021 to September 20, 2021.

TPS-Related Work Authorization
Individuals who successfully register and re-register for TPS will be authorized to work until May 17, 2023. To obtain proof of work authorization, an Employment Authorization Document (EAD), eligible individuals must submit a complete application (Form I-765), with required documentation and applicable filing fees, or a request for a waiver of those fees, to USCIS.

TPS Holders Should Seek Reputable Legal Assistance
It is important for individuals, even in TPS status, to investigate whether they may be eligible for any other type of immigration benefits and, if not, to explore their options affecting everything from mortgages to family arrangements. Beware of scammers. Find a reputable legal service provider near you.

Take Action and make your voice heard!
While this is great news, TPS only provides temporary protections for immigrants who have lived and worked in the U.S. for years, many of whom are on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic. Take action by urging Congress to provide a roadmap to citizenship for TPS holders, Dreamers, farm and essential workers, and the 11 million undocumented immigrants who already call America home. Call Congress today and get your friends and family to call too: 1-877-267-5060


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