The Republic of Yemen Designated for TPS through July 22, 2017
Immigration has announced that nationals of the Republic of Yemen are now eligible for temporary protected status starting September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017.
Temporary Protected Status
Temporary Protected Status (also known as TPS) is a measure taken by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Immigration) there is a significant concern for the safety of a country’s citizens and nationals. For example, when a devastating earthquake struck in Haiti in 2010, Immigration quickly recognized that it would be unsafe for Haitians in the United States to return to Haiti; action was quickly taken to create a TPS designation for Haiti, which is still in place today. TPS is a form of immigration status where citizens and nationals of a country can remain in the United States, even obtaining employment authorization (work permits) and social security cards. TPS is typically granted for 12 – 18 months at a time, but applications are typically only accepted for a very short period of time. Once that time period has passed, it becomes incredibly difficult to obtain TPS.
Deadlines to File Extensions
Immigration recently made the decision to extend TPS status to nationals of Yemen based on the ongoing armed conflict in the country. Applicants only have a 180-day period in which to file their applications: from September 3, 2015 through March 1, 2016. At a minimum, you must be a national of Yemen (or have no other citizenship and last resided in Yemen); you must also have been physically present in the United States since September 3, 2015. Even applicants with some criminal issues in their past may still be eligible for TPS.
If you feel you may be eligible for TPS status from Yemen, please contact the Immigration Division of Shapiro Law Group, PC. as soon as possible. Don’t miss your chance to obtain temporary status in the United States. We speak Arabic!
By Anna Shapiro