TPS Venezuela

Here is information about Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) for people from Venezuela. What you need to know to be eligible, how to apply for TPS Venezuela, get legal help, and avoid scams.


Update: The registration period for TPS Venezuela has been extended through September 9, 2022. The 18-month registration period for new applications started on March 9, 2021.

Here is what you need to know to be eligible for TPS Venezuela:

  • Register during the 18-month registration period until September 9, 2022.
  • Submit Form I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status. If you are applying for the first time, you can file Form I-821 online.
  • Have continuously lived in the United States since March 8, 2021.
  • Have continuously had physical presence in the United States since March 9, 2021.
  • Individuals will need to undergo a background check. Anyone who has been convicted of two misdemeanors or one felony is ineligible.
  • You will need to provide identification, such as a passport or birth certificate.
  • You will need proof that you have not left the USA since arriving. You can provide documents such as work, school, or utility records.
  • You are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the registration period.

It was on March 8, 2021, when the Biden administration designated temporary protected status for people from Venezuela.

Learn more details about the TPS Venezuela on the USCIS webpage.

How do I apply for TPS?

To apply for TPS Venezuela, you will need:

  • TPS application (Form I-821). You can find it here.
  • Pay a $50 application fee and an $85 biometrics fee.

Work authorization under TPS Venezuela and DED

If you apply for and receive TPS Venezuela, you can apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To apply for EAD you will need to pay a $410 fee. The application for EAD is Form I-765

Under TPS Venezuela, you are also covered by Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), which means that you can’t be deported from the United States for a period of time. DED for Venezuela will be in effect through July 20, 2022.

It is important that you apply for TPS even if you already have DED.

Here is what you need to know to be eligible for TPS:

  • There is a 180-day registration period from March 9, 2021 to September 5, 2021. 
  • You are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the registration period.
  • You must have continuous residence in the USA since March 8, 2021.
  • Individuals will undergo a background check. Anyone who has been convicted of two misdemeanors or one felony can not apply.
  • You will need to provide identification, such as a passport or birth certificate from your home country.
  • Proof that you have not left the USA since arriving. You can provide documents such as work, school, or utility records.

Visit the USCIS Venezuela webpage for details.

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Work authorization under TPS and DED

If you apply for and receive TPS Venezuela, you can apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). To apply for EAD you will need to pay a $410 fee. The application for EAD is Form I-765

Under TPS Venezuela, you are also covered by Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), which means that you can’t be deported from the United States for a period of time. DED for Venezuela will be in effect through July 20, 2022.

It is important that you apply for TPS even if you already have DED.

You can meet with a lawyer or accredited representative

If you can, the best thing to do is meet with a lawyer. You can search for a low-cost lawyer on ImmigrationLawHelp.com or on the CLINIC legal directory.

What if I can’t meet with a lawyer? What if I can’t afford a lawyer?

We know many individuals cannot meet with a lawyer. In immigration law there are also many providers who are non-profits who receive training in immigration law. They go through a process with the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) to become accredited representatives. These representatives must work for a non-profit organization and most have low cost or no cost services. You can search for an accredited representative in the Department of Justice.

Here is more information to help you understand your options. This is not legal advice but instead information to help you consider your choices.

Find help online

Immi helps immigrants understand their legal options. You can use their online screening tool to guide you to your best options. Take the immi interview to see if you qualify for a different immigration status. Immi’s legal information and referral advice are always free.

Applying for asylum

Every year people come to the United States seeking protection because they have suffered persecution or fear that they will suffer persecution due to:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Membership in a particular social group
  • Political opinion

TPS holders can apply for asylum status, especially if they have been here one year or less.  If you have been here for less than a year, you should APPLY NOW.

It is very important that you know the USCIS has recently changed how asylum applications are processed. Now, they are reviewing the most recent applications first. Once you submit an application for asylum, it might be a very short time before your case is heard. Only apply for asylum if you do qualify because otherwise you risk having your case heard and then being deported. 

You can fill in the form to apply for asylum (this is a legal form and it would be best if you had a lawyer to help you complete the form).

If you have been in the U.S. for more than one year, you can still apply for asylum but it will be more difficult (and it is already hard to win an asylum case).

Find out more about how to apply for asylum.

If you do decide to apply for asylum, you should try to find a pro-bono (low cost or free attorney) to help you. You can search for a pro-bono or low-cost lawyer on ImmigrationLawHelp.com or on the CLINIC legal directory.

Be aware of scams

USCIS documents are free. Do not pay to obtain any of the USCIS forms. You can download them from the USCIS website. Be aware of people who ask for payment to get these forms and claim they can file your TPS application. To learn more about how to avoid scams, you can click here.

Information provided with the support of CLINIC. Other information on this page comes from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Register, USCIS and other trusted sources. It is intended for guidance and is updated as often as possible. USAHello does not give legal advice, nor are any of our materials intended to be taken as legal advice. If you are looking for a free or low-cost lawyer or legal help, we can help you find free and low-cost legal services.