At Ferretjans Law Office, we are overwhelmed with happiness to announce that The Secretary of Homeland Security today, March 8, 2021, informed that it is designating Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022.
WHEN DOES THE REGISTRATION PERIOD START?
The registration period starts as soon as March 9, 2021. Our Immigration lawyers in Miami, Florida, are ready to start helping Venezuelans in Miami and all over the United States to assess eligibility and comply with the requirements for successful registration of TPS for Venezuelans.
This new designation of TPS for Venezuela enables Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.
This designation is due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent nationals from returning safely, including a complex humanitarian crisis marked by widespread hunger and malnutrition, a growing influence and presence of non-state armed groups, repression, and a crumbling infrastructure.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO REGISTER?
Only individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States as of March 8, 2021, are eligible for TPS under Venezuela’s designation. For their own health and safety, individuals should not believe smugglers or others claiming the border is now open. Due to the pandemic, travel and admission restrictions at the border remain in place.
HOW DO VENEZUELANS REGISTER FOR TPS?
Individuals desiring TPS must file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services within the 180-day registration period. They may also apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and for a travel authorization. All individuals applying for TPS undergo security and background checks as part of determining eligibility.
CAN I APPLY FOR TPS IF A HAVE AN ASYLUM CASE PENDING?
Yes, having another case pending, even an asylum case pending does not prevent you from registering for TPS. You can also apply for other benefits, i.e. application for a green card, during the time you have TPS.
CAN I HAVE DED AND TPS AT THE SAME TIME?
Yes, based on the announcement of January 19, 2021, the presidential memorandum establishing DED for Venezuelan nationals for 18 months, through July 20, 2022. Individuals who apply for and receive TPS and who are also covered by DED do not need to apply for Employment Authorization Documentations under both programs. USCIS encourages individuals who believe they are eligible for TPS to apply during the initial registration period announced in the FRN, even if they are also covered by DED, in case they cannot qualify for TPS late initial filing after DED has expired.
Because immigration law is complex, it is important you discuss your options and eligibility with a knowledgeable immigration lawyer in Miami. Our lawyer Pamela Ferretjans speaks Spanish and is happy to help you go through the process to start receiving benefits under the new TPS for Venezuelans. At Ferretjans Law, Immigration Lawyers in Miami, we strive to accomplish our client’s goals.
Call us now to set a consultation at +1-305-925-0811 or via Whatsapp (international only) to +1-786-859-4755
Last updated March 8, 2021
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