The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This provides important protection from deportation. Eligible Venezuelan nationals - and noncitizens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela - may apply for protection from removal and employment authorization. They may also be able to apply for permission to travel outside the United States
To be eligible for TPS, you must meet the following general requirements*:
- You must be Venezuelan or an individual without a nationality who last resided in Venezuela.
- You must have resided in the U.S. since March 8, 2021 and have been physically present since March 9, 2021.
- You cannot have a felony conviction or more than 2 misdemeanor convictions.
DATES: The designation of Venezuela for TPS is effective on March 9, 2021, and will remain in effect for 18 months, through September 9, 2022. Eligible individuals must apply for TPS by September 5, 2021. If you do not apply on time you risk losing your eligibility.
If you believe that you may qualify for this TPS designation, please click here to make an inquiry.
* Note that this is not a complete list of requirements, and you should consult with someone competent and authorized to practice immigration law before deciding whether to apply for TPS.