TPS Venezuela

You can no longer apply or re-register for TPS Venezuela. The deadline to re-register was November 7, 2022. You may still be able to re-register late if you have a good reason for missing the deadline. If you currently have TPS Venezuela, it is valid through March 10, 2024. 

DED Venezuela expired on July 20, 2022. 

There is also a new parole program for Venezuelans.

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

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 TPS benefits until your application is approved. 

Can I apply for TPS Venezuela?

USCIS is not accepting new first-time or re-registration applications for TPS Venezuela at this time.

Who could get TPS?

You must have met the following requirements:

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

Can I re-register for TPS late?

If you missed the deadline to re-register, you may be able to re-register late. See the instructions under the Filing Late section.

  • You will have to submit a letter. The letter needs to give a reason why you filed late, such as a serious illness. 
  • You can re-register online or by mail with USCIS under the Where To File section. 

Can I apply for a work permit?

Work permits are available to people with TPS. 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.

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 September 9, 2023. 

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 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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