Designation and Extension of Temporary Protected Status

The United States Secretary of the Department Homeland Security may designate or extend Temporary Protected Status (an immigration benefit of limited duration available to eligible foreign nationals who cannot return to their home countries safely due to impermissible conditions or circumstances such as violence, civil unrest, wars, natural disasters and epidemics) for foreign-born nationals of certain countries pursuant to INA §244, 8 U.S.C. §1254a; 8 C.F.R. §§244.

The Biden administration designated nationals and foreign-born residents of Venezuela, Burma (Myanmar) and Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for periods of eighteen months, each. Eligibility requirements include but are not limited to physical and continuous presence in the United States from March 8, 2021 for Venezuela; March 11, 2021 for Burma; and May 22, 2021 for Haiti, respectively.

This type of immigration benefit is available to eligible foreign nationals, including those who are undocumented, as well as those who have overstayed their visas. It does not necessarily change eligible beneficiaries’ status from unlawful to lawful, for example. However, it allows them to remain and work in the United States. Besides, it enables them to travel out of and return to the United States with permission or authorization in the form of Advance Parole.

To find out if you are eligible for the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) described above and to find out how to travel out of and return to the United States, if eligible for TPS, contact Law Office of Eshigo P. Okasili, LLC at (301) 760-2066 or