If you do not have TPS Afghanistan, you can apply now through May 20, 2025. If you are granted temporary protected status, it will be valid through May 20, 2025. If you already have TPS Afghanistan, you must re-register by November 24, 2023, to extend your status.
What is TPS
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status for people already in the United States. TPS is for people who cannot go back to their home country because of danger, such as an armed conflict or environmental disaster.
If you have TPS, you can:
- Stay in the U.S. legally for a period of time
- Apply for a work permit in the U.S.
- Apply to travel outside the U.S.
- Be protected from detention and deportation
You will not 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.
|Go to the USCIS TPS Afghanistan page for more details.|
Who can apply
You must meet the following requirements to apply:
- Be a national of Afghanistan or a person without nationality who lived in Afghanistan for a long time before arriving in the U.S.
- Have lived only in the U.S. since September 20, 2023
- Have not left the U.S. since November 21, 2023
You may not be eligible if you have committed certain crimes.
|Public charge does not apply to TPS applicants. You can use any government programs you qualify for.|
How to apply
You can apply for TPS Afghanistan by filing Form I-821. You can file your application online or by mail with USCIS.
You must send documents showing proof of your identity, nationality, and date of entry. These are listed in the What to File section.
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.
It is important to apply as soon as possible. The last day to apply is May 20, 2025, but that is also the last day TPS for Afghanistan is currently available.
What happens next
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. If you do not get a receipt within 3 weeks of filing, you can call the USCIS Contact Center.
You may get a letter asking for more evidence. This could be your photo, fingerprints, signature, and other documents.
You will get a letter 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.
Re-registration for current TPS holders
If you already have TPS for Afghanistan, you must re-register by November 24, 2023, to extend your benefits to May 20, 2025.
To re-register, you will need to file a new Form I-821. You can file your application with USCIS online or by mail. You do not have to pay a fee.
It is important to re-register before the deadline and not to wait until your EAD expires. If you wait, you could have a gap in work authorization.
If you miss the deadline to re-register, you can submit a late re-registration application. You will also have to submit a letter explaining why you filed it late, such as a serious illness. You can re-register online or by mail with USCIS under the Where To File section.
DHS automatically extended the EADs for TPS holders from the previous registration period to November 20, 2024. You will need to apply to renew your EAD to extend it to May 20, 2025.
If you had a pending Form I–821 or Form I–765 as of September 25, 2023, you do not need to file either application again. If USCIS approves your pending applications they will now be valid through May 20, 2025.
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 work authorization by filing Form I-765. It is recommended you apply for a work permit at the same time you apply for TPS. Filing both forms together may help you get EAD faster. You can also apply later.
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. Follow the Federal Register notice instructions when applying for a travel permit.
What happens when TPS expires?
DHS will review country conditions at least 60 days prior to when it is set to expire. They will decide whether to continue it further. If TPS Afghanistan expires, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting 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 TPS at the same time as another immigration status. Learn more about status options for people from Afghanistan.
Where can I find help?
It is important to seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer or accredited representative. They can help you apply and discuss questions or concerns. Many organizations and lawyers offer free or low-cost legal services.
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