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Update (May 19, 2022) regarding the 18-month designation of Afghanistan for TPS:
The registration process begins on May 20, 2022. All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Afghanistan must file an application.To be eligible for TPS under the Afghanistan designation, individuals must demonstrate their continuous residence in the United States since March 15, 2022, and continuous physical presence in the United States since May 20, 2022. Individuals applying for TPS under the Afghanistan designation must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the 18-month initial registration period that runs from May 20, 2022, through Nov. 20, 2023. Applicants can also request an Employment Authorization Document by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with their Form I-821.
Afghan nationals with a valid parole status can also apply for TPS which could be renewed beyond Nov 20, 2023 if Afghanistan is re-designated. Afghan nationals currently not residing in the United States or who arrived in the United States after March 15, 2022, are not eligible for TPS under this designation.
March 16, 2022: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of March 15, 2022, and meet all other requirements, including undergoing security and background checks, will be eligible for TPS. Those who attempt to travel to the United States after March 15, 2022, will not be eligible for TPS.
BREAKING NEWS (April 18, 2022): The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced information about how to register for TPS for Ukraine and Sudan. The registration process for both countries begins on April 19, 2022. All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Ukraine or Sudan must file an application.
To be eligible under the Ukraine designation, individuals must demonstrate their continuous residence in the United States since April 11, 2022.
To be eligible under the Sudan designation, individuals must demonstrate their continuous residence in the United States since March 1, 2022.
April 15, 2022: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. Only individuals who are already residing in the United States as of April 14, 2022, will be eligible for TPS.
September 9, 2021: The Department of Homeland Security announced that it is extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for beneficiaries designated status from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan through Dec. 31, 2022. Beneficiaries under the TPS designation for Haiti are encouraged to apply under the new Haiti TPS designation before February 3, 2023.
IMPORTANT: If you think you might be impacted by this decision, please consult an attorney. EBSC hotline: 510-646-8484 (M,T,W,F 10 am – 12 noon)
March 18, 2021: The House passed H.R.6: The American Dream and Promise Act! Now, we need to advocate to pass this bill as well as the #SECUREAct in the Senate.
Take Action – call your Senators and urge them to pass The American Dream and Promise Act and the SECURE Act! Let them know you are a constituent and that “I support the Dream and Promise Act, the #SECUREAct, and other legislation to guarantee a path to permanent residency for all TPS holders.”
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what is tps?
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a provisional designation granted to immigrants in the U.S. who cannot return to their home countries due to violence, natural disasters, epidemics, or other extraordinary circumstances. Since the early 1990s, TPS has allowed holders to legally work in the U.S. Many have been in the country for decades due to multiple extensions.
What is DACA?
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is a U.S. immigration policy created in 2012 that provides temporary relief from deportation and work authorization to certain young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. DACA has enabled almost 800,000 eligible young adults to work lawfully, attend school, and plan their lives without the constant threat of deportation, usually to an unfamiliar country. Unlike federal legislation, however, DACA does not provide permanent legal status and must be renewed every two years. In 2017, the Trump administration rescinded the 2012 DACA memorandum and announced a “wind down” of DACA. On January 9, 2018, a federal judge blocked the administration’s termination of DACA. The U.S. Supreme Court is due to rule soon on President Trump’s 2017 order.
- TPS Informational Flyer
- Congress: Pass These Laws to Protect TPS and DACA!
- Lives in the Balance: TPS and DACA Testimonies
- TPS/DACA Campaign Summary
- Op-Ed: Why We Must Fight to Save TPS (February 1, 2019)
- Op-Ed: I Visited Congress, and This is What I Learned
- Summary of Recent Policy Decisions