TPS Burma (Myanmar)

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Find information about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for people from Burma (Myanmar). Understand what TPS is. Learn how to apply for TPS, get a work permit, travel, apply for other protection, and find legal help

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You can now apply for TPS Burma (Myanmar) through May 25, 2024. If you already have TPS, you can re-register for TPS Burma (Myanmar) through November 26, 2022. Currently, the last day you can have temporary protected status for Burma (Myanmar) is May 25, 2024. 

What is TPS?   

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status for people in the USA. TPS is for people who cannot go back to their home country because of danger. These may include armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other temporary dangers. This status is only available for people from certain countries

Benefits of TPS  

  • You can stay in the USA legally for a set period of time
  • You can apply for a work permit in the USA
  • You can apply for a document to travel outside the USA
  • You will be protected from detention and deportation 

You cannot get any of the benefits of TPS until your application is approved. TPS is temporary. It does not give you lawful permanent status, citizenship, or any permanent immigration status. 

Who can apply for TPS Burma (Myanmar)?

You must meet the following requirements to apply:

  • Be a national of Burma (Myanmar), or a person without nationality who lived in Burma (Myanmar) for a long time before arriving in the USA
  • Have lived only in the USA since September 25, 2022
  • Have not left the USA since November 26, 2022

You may not be eligible if you have committed certain crimes.

How can I apply for TPS Burma (Myanmar)?

You can apply for TPS Burma (Myanmar) by filing Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. You can file your application online with USCIS.

You must send documents showing proof of your identity, nationality, and date of entry. 

You must pay a fee if you are applying for TPS for the first time. You might be able to apply for a fee waiver if you can’t afford to pay the fee. Learn how to use the USCIS fee calculator.

When do I need to apply for TPS Burma (Myanmar)?

You need to apply for TPS Burma (Myanmar) by May 25, 2024.

Do I have to re-register if I already have TPS Burma?

If you currently have TPS from the previous designation, you will need to re-apply to extend your TPS benefits to May 25, 2024. You must re-register for TPS Burma (Myanmar) before November 26, 2022.

You can re-register online or by mail with USCIS under the Where To File section.

What happens after I file my application? 

USCIS will review your application and send you a receipt notice. You can check the status of your application online by typing in your receipt number.

You may get a letter asking for more evidence. This could be your photo, fingerprints, signature, and other documents. 

You will get a letter in the mail approving or denying your application. If you applied for a work permit, you will also get information about your application.

If you do not get TPS, you will get information on whether and how you can appeal their decision.

Can I apply for a work permit?

Work permits are available to people with TPS and are known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). It shows employers that you are allowed to work in the USA. 

You can apply for a work permit by filing Form I-765, Request for Employment Authorization at the same time you apply for TPS. You can also apply for EAD after you filed your TPS application. Filing both forms together may help you get EAD faster.

Do I have to renew my work permit?

DHS automatically extended the EADs of current TPS holders. If you applied for TPS and an EAD during the last registration period, then your work permit is valid through November 25, 2023.

You can apply for EAD again when you renew your TPS to extend it to March 10, 2024.

Can I apply for a travel permit?

Travel permits are available to people with TPS. It is known as advanced parole. It shows immigration officials that you are allowed to travel abroad and back to the USA.

You can apply for a travel permit by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. Follow the instructions on the Federal Register notice when applying for a travel permit.

You can apply for a work and travel permit at the same time or separately. 

What happens when TPS Burma (Myanmar) expires?

DHS will review country conditions and decide whether to extend TPS two months before TPS is set to end. 

If TPS Burma (Myanmar) expires, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting temporary protected status.

If you did not have a legal immigration status before you applied for TPS, you may become undocumented. You can apply for another form of immigration status if you are eligible. 

If you stay without any legal status, you will risk the chance of arrest or deportation. 

Can I change my immigration status?

You can have TPS at the same time as another immigration status. 

You can apply for asylum, lawful permanent status (green card), or other protected status if you meet the requirements for those applications.

An immigration legal representative can help you complete your application and review all of your immigration options. Search for legal help in your area using our FindHello app. Learn more about finding free and low-cost legal help

The Embassy of Myanmar can offer more information. You can contact the Embassy of Myanmar at (202) 332-3344 or visit its office in Washington D.C.

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