Extension and Redesignation of Yemen TPS
Announced on July 6th by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemeni people has been extended through March 3, 2023. There will be an 18-month period in which Yemenis can either extend or re-designate their TPS.
One may ask under what circumstances the DHS decided this course of action. In response, Yemen has been in political turmoil since the Arab Spring after a failed transition of power. As a result the Shia Muslim rebellion has remained at war with the Sunni Muslim government since 2014, when the transition of power occurred. As said by Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, “Yemen continues to experience worsening humanitarian and economic conditions that prevent individuals from safely returning to their homes therefore, I have decided to extend and re-designate Yemen for Temporary Protected Status. We will continue to protect and offer these individuals a place of residency temporarily in the United States.”
This announcement of extension and redesignation of Yemen TPS permits around 1,700 current beneficiaries to keep TPS through March 3, 2023 and about 480 Yemeni nationals who have been continuously residing in the U.S. to file initial TPS applications.
If you are eligible for TPS for Yemen and have not held TPS for Yemen before, go to the linked USCIS webpage and fill out an I-821 form in order to hold legal U.S. immigration status.
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