The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an 18-month extension of Yemen’s designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This allows approximately 1,700 beneficiaries to retain TPS for 18 months, through March 3, 2023, if they re-register and remain otherwise eligible. The Secretary of Homeland Security also re-designated Yemen for TPS, which permits an estimated 500 Yemeni nationals (and stateless individuals last residing in Yemen) to apply for the program, provided they reside continuously in the U.S. from July 5, 2021. TPS applicants—both initial applications and those seeking to renew TPS—must demonstrate that they meet the eligibility criteria of 8 USC §1254a(c)(1)-(2).
The TPS program provides temporary protections in the U.S. to eligible nationals of countries whose conditions prevent a safe return. An ongoing armed conflict has led to lack of access to food, water, and healthcare; large-scale destruction of infrastructure, significant population displacement, and a persistent cholera outbreak. These conditions prevent a safe return to Yemen at this time.
During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain in the U.S., may not be removed, and are authorized to obtain work and travel authorization so long as they continue to meet the requirements of TPS. To apply for TPS, individuals submit a Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, to USCIS and pay the associated filing fees. Employment and travel authorization require separate applications—Forms I-765 and I-131—along with respective filing fees.
DHS will publish a notice in the Federal Register explaining the application procedures and setting the dates for the 60-day re-registration period (for current TPS beneficiaries) as well as the initial registration period (for new TPS beneficiaries).
Individuals who believe they qualify for TPS are encouraged to consult with a T&S legal professional to evaluate their eligibility.