The US Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Yemen for an additional 18 months, effective to March 3, 2020.
TPS has applied to people from Yemen since September 2015, when it was instituted "due to ongoing armed conflict in the country." Currently, the program covers about 1,250 Yemenis who must pay hundreds of dollars to renew their status and work authorization every 18 months. To be eligible for TPS under Yemen’s current designation, along with meeting the other eligibility requirements, individuals must have continuously resided in the United States since January 4, 2017, and have been continuously physically present in the United States since March 4, 2017.
The conflict in Yemen has left the country in dire circumstances. Conditions — including intense internecine violence, a failing food supply and several public health emergencies born of its badly devastated infrastructure — have conspired to create what multiple international aid organizations have described as "the largest humanitarian crisis in the world." More than half the country's population lack reliable access to food, and more than eight million Yemenis are at risk of starvation.
Additional information on TPS for Haiti - including guidance on eligibility, the application process, late filing, and where to file - is available online here. More information should be published soon, and we will update this post when available.
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Elaine Martin has been practising US and global immigration law since 1997. She is an immigrant herself (from Ireland), so has a special understanding of the legal and emotional challenges involved in relocating to a new country.