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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Extension and Redesignation of Venezuela for TPS Status

DHS today announced extension and redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for another 18 months.  Eligible Venezuelans will be allowed to stay legally in the U.S. and granted Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

Only those Venezuelan nationals who have arrived in the U.S. on or before July 31, 2023 are eligible for TPS.  Those who arrived after July 31, 2023 will be subject to deportation. 

One major benefit of TPS status is employment authorization.  Applicants must submit the I-821 and I-765 applications for these benefits.  Applicants who have pending applications do not need to resubmit their applications.  USCIS will automatically extend their status under the new policy. 

According to USCIS, there are currently approximately 242,700 TPS beneficiaries from Venezuela. Approximately additional 472,000 nationals of Venezuela may be eligible under the redesignation of Venezuela. Details of the application process will be released later on.

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