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TPS for Yemen

Sep 16, 2015

TPS is a temporary immigration benefit that allows qualified individuals from designated countries who are in the US to stay here for a limited time period. A country may be designated for TPS based on certain conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from being able to return safely, or in certain circumstances, the country’s government from being able to handle their return adequately. A TPS country designation may be based on on-going armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country. In general, eligibility for TPS requires demonstrating one is a national of a designated country, was physically present in the US on a certain date, has maintained continuous residence in the US, and has timely registered for the benefit. A number of countries, such as El Salvador, Nicaragua Honduras, Haiti and Sudan, have been designated for TPS over the years and are in extension periods.

Because of conflict and unrest, Yemen has now been designated for TPS. The TPS designation for Yemen is effective September 3, 2015, and will be in effect through March 3, 2017. The designation means that, during the designated period, eligible nationals of Yemen who are approved for TPS will not be removed from the United States and may receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The 180-day TPS registration period runs through March 1, 2016.

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