The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022. This allows Venezuelan nationals (and stateless people who last resided in Venezuela) who currently live in the US to file for TPS if otherwise eligible. USCIS estimates that there may be 323,000 Venezuelans living in the US who qualify for TPS.
The USCIS announcement states that "[t]his designation is due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent nationals from returning safely, including a complex humanitarian crisis marked by widespread hunger and malnutrition, a growing influence and presence of non-state armed groups, repression, and a crumbling infrastructure. TPS can be extended to a country with conditions that fall into one, or more, of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions."
The requirements for TPS are:
TPS applicants may also apply for work authorization (EAD) and for travel authorization.
Details about the application process and forms are here.
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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.