On September 20, the Department of Homeland Security announced the extension and re-designation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) based on “increased instability and lack of safety due to the enduring humanitarian, security, political, and environmental conditions.”
Because TPS was not only extended but also redesignated, Venezuelans who have been residing in the U.S. since July 21, 2023 and meet other eligibility requirements will be able to file initial TPS applications.
DHS estimates that in addition to the 242,000 current Venezuelan TPS-holders, an additional 472,000 Venezuelans may be eligible to apply for TPS due to the re-designation.
To be eligible for TPS, an applicant must meet all eligibility requirements and cannot have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States. If you have questions about whether the extension and re-designation of Venezuela for TPS might affect you or a loved one, please contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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