Applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as a Venezuelan in New York City

The Biden Administration recently extended Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans currently in the United States. TPS allows individuals from certain countries to remain in the United States and obtain work authorization if it is unsafe for them to return to their home country due to a humanitarian emergency. Due to current legal challenges and ongoing instability in Venezuela, the Biden administration has extended protection to Venezuelans residing in the United States. Eligible Venezuelans can apply for TPS now. The registration period ends on September 5th, 2021.

For a Venezuelan to be eligible for TPS, the individual must 1) Be a national of Venezuela, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela, 2) File during open registration period (March 9, 2021 – Sept. 5, 2021) or meet requirements for late initial filing during any extension of Venezuela’s TPS Designation (must meet late initial filing conditions as specified by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services). These are that the person has to have been continuously present in the United States since March 8, 2021 (exceptions may be considered for brief, casual, and innocent departures from the United States, to be determined on a case by case basis by U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services), the person cannot have been convicted of a felony, and not have been convicted of two or more misdemeanor

The current period of TPS for Venezuela starts on March 9, 2021 and ends on September 9, 2022. The U.S. government could choose to extend TPS for Venezuela. If it does get extended and you were approved during this current registration period, you would need to renew your registration during the next registration period.

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