By N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON:- The Department of Homeland Security has published a Federal Register Notice (FRN) announcing extensions of the registration periods from 180 days to 18 months for initial (new) applicants for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the designations of Burma and Venezuela and the re-designation of Syria.
According to a statement from the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), this notice also provides certain specific corrections to the FRN regarding Venezuela (86 FR 13574).
“After reevaluating the 180-day registration periods for initial TPS applicants announced for the designations of Venezuela and Burma and the re-designation of Syria, DHS has determined that limiting the registration period to 180 days may place a burden on initial TPS applicants who are unable to timely file but would otherwise be eligible for a grant of TPS,” said the statement.
Extending the registration period does not extend or alter the expiration date of an applicant’s TPS, which remains the same regardless of date of registration. In addition, this extended registration period is in keeping with the humanitarian purpose of TPS and advances the actions outlined in President Biden’s Executive Order 14012.
This filing extension will allow individuals to submit an initial Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and an application for an Employment Authorization Document (if desired) at any time during the 18-month designation or re-designation periods for these three countries.
The 18-month registration period for initial applications under the TPS designation of Burma (Myanmar) now runs through November 25, 2022, while the 18-month registration period for initial applications under the TPS re-designation of Syria now runs through September 30, 2022.
Likewise, the 18-month registration period for initial applications under the TPS designation of Venezuela now runs through September 9, 2022.