2021 Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Updates

Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is a life-saving immigration status that allows foreign nationals to remain in the U.S. if during the time they were in the U.S. something catastrophic happened in their country of origin preventing their safe return – for example war, famine, natural disaster, or epidemic. TPS allows people to work legally and be protected from deportation.

On March 8th the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, designated Venezuela as a foreign country qualifying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) due to the dire conditions Venezuelans are currently experiencing under Nicolas Maduro’s administration. Eligible Venezuelans may apply for TPS, effective March 9th, 2021 through September 9th, 2022.

In addition, on March 12, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security designated Myanmar (Burma) for TPS for 18 months, effective March 11, 2021, through September 12, 2022.

Syrian nationals remain eligible for TPS with an 18-month extension granted for TPS holders through September 30, 2022. Acting Secretary of Homeland Security David Pekoske has also re-designated Syria as a country eligible for TPS, effective March 31, 2021 through September 30, 2022.

Finally, South Sudan’s TPS designation has been extended for 18 months through May 2, 2022.

Full list of TPS designated countries:

  • El Salvador USCIS automatically extended TPS documents through October 4, 2021. The TPS designation for El Salvador remains in effect pending further court order.
  • Haiti USCIS automatically extended TPS documents through October 4, 2021. The TPS designation for Haiti remains in effect pending further court order.
  • Honduras USCIS automatically extended TPS documents through October 4, 2021. The TPS designation for Honduras remains in effect pending further court order.
  • Myanmar (Burma) TPS designated through September 12, 2022.
  • Nepal USCIS automatically extended TPS documents through October 4, 2021. The TPS designation for Nepal remains in effect pending further court order.
  • Nicaragua USCIS automatically extended TPS documents through October 4, 2021. The TPS designation for Nicaragua remains in effect pending further court order.
  • Somalia TPS extended through September 17, 2021.
  • Sudan USCIS automatically extended TPS documents through October 4, 2021. The TPS designation for Sudan remains in effect pending further court order.
  • South Sudan TPS extended through May 2, 2022.   
  • Syria TPS extended through September 30, 2022.
  • Venezuela TPS designated through September 9, 2022.
  • Yemen TPS extended through September 3, 2021.