DED and TPS Venezuela

Find information about Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for people from Venezuela. Understand what DED and 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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DED Venezuela is effective through July 20, 2022. 

You can now apply for TPS Venezuela through September 9, 2022. Currently, this is also the last day you can have temporary protected status for Venezuela. 

What is DED?  

Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) is a form of legal protection for people in the USA. DED 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

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. This status is only available for people from certain countries

What is the difference between DED and TPS?

You can get DED protection without applying. TPS requires an application. TPS Venezuela will currently last longer. 

What are the benefits of DED and 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 TPS benefits until your application is approved. 

Who can get TPS and DED?

Status
Who is eligible?
Who is not eligible?
DED Venezuela
-Be a national of Venezuela, or a person without nationality who lived in Venezuela for a long time before arriving in the USA
– Have lived only in the USA since January 20, 2021
– Have not left the USA since January 20, 2021
-You have left the USA after January 20, 2021
-You have voluntarily returned to Venezuela
-You have committed certain crimes -You are considered inadmissible under immigration law 
TPS Venezuela
-Be a national of Venezuela, or a person without nationality who lived in Venezuela for a long time before arriving in the USA
-Have lived only in the USA since March 8, 2021
-Have not left the USA since March 9, 2021
-You have committed certain crimes
-You are considered inadmissible under immigration law 

Do I need to apply for DED Venezuela?

No. USCIS does not require an application for DED Venezuela. DED automatically applies to certain residents from Venezuela.

How can I apply for TPS Venezuela?

You can apply for TPS Venezuela 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 Venezuela?

You need to apply for TPS Venezuela by September 9, 2022.

Can I apply for TPS late?

In some cases, you might be able to apply for TPS late. It is still best to file as soon as you can.

  • If you miss the deadline for filing your first TPS application, you must meet certain requirements listed in USCIS’s Filing Late section.

What happens after I file my TPS 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. 

Why should I apply for TPS if I’m protected by DED?

It’s important that you apply for TPS even if you are protected by DED. TPS gives you a temporary immigration status while DED does not. TPS Venezuela also ends later than DED Venezuela. 

Can I apply for a work permit?

Work permits are available to people with TPS or DED. It is 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.

Refer to the Federal Register notice for instructions on applying for a work permit under DED.

Can I apply for a travel permit?

Travel permits are available to people with TPS and DED. 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 DED and TPS Venezuela expire?

If DED and TPS Venezuela are not renewed, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting DED and TPS. 

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 DED and 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 Venezuela can offer more information. You can contact the Embassy of Venezuela at (202) 342-2214 or visit its consular offices in Washington D.C.; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; San Francisco, CA; Houston, TX; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

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