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Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas has designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from March 9, 2021 through September 9, 2022, according to a Federal Register notice. The designation will permit eligible Venezuelans to file for TPS status and for related employment authorization documents (EADs) and travel permission. According to DHS, the designation is due to the severe political and economic crisis in Venezuela that temporarily prevents nationals from returning safely, including a complex humanitarian crisis that includes widespread hunger and malnutrition, an increasing presence of non-state armed groups, and a deteriorating infrastructure.

The Notice also provides information for Venezuelan nationals on how to apply for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)-related EADs, in light of the January 19, 2021 memorandum issued by former President Trump establishing DED for Venezuelan nationals through July 20, 2022.

 All individuals applying for TPS undergo security and background checks as part of determining eligibility. Biometrics collection (fingerprints) is generally required for applicants ages 14 and older. 

Venezuelan nationals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States since March 8, 2021 should contact our office to find out if they are eligible for TPS under Venezuela’s new designation.