The US Department of Homeland Security has redesignated and extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Yemen (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) for an additional 18 months, effective March 4, 2017 through September 3, 2018.
Current TPS Yemeni beneficiaries who want to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from January 4, 2017 through March 6, 2017. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD/work permit). Eligible TPS Yemeni beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of September 3, 2018.
To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit:
People applying for TPS for the first time must have continuously resided in the US since January 4, 2017 and have been physically present in the US since March 4, 2017. Applicants must submit:
Applicants may request a waiver of the government fees with evidence of inability to pay. To do so, applicants must file a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or submit a written request. Fee waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject the TPS application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee waiver request.
All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can download these forms from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/forms or request them by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
Additional information on TPS for Yemen - including guidance on eligibility, the application process, late filing, and where to file - is available online at uscis.gov/tps.
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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.