Breaking News 09.09.2015

Clarification: DHS Announcement of TPS Designation for Yemen

In clarification, DHS's recent TPS announcement concerns Yemen, not Nepal (Nepal is also a TPS designated country, with different deadlines, as explained here).

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that it is designating Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months effective September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017. As a result, eligible nationals of Yemen residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Federal Register notice provides details and procedures for applying for TPS.

The designation means that, during the designated period, eligible nationals of Yemen (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) will not be removed from the United States and may receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The 180-day TPS registration period began September 3, 2015 and runs through March 1, 2016. Eligible applicants must register by the March 1, 2016 deadline.

To be eligible for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility criteria, including that they have been both "continuously physically present" and "continuously residing" in the United States since September 3, 2015. Applicants also undergo thorough security checks. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS. The eligibility requirements are fully described in the Federal Register notices and on the TPS Web page at www.uscis.gov/tps.

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