September 21, 2023
On September 20, 2023, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension and redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. In the news release announcing the designation, DHS noted that “Venezuela’s increased instability and lack of safety due to the enduring humanitarian, security, political, and environmental conditions” warranted the extension of TPS.
Venezuelan nationals (or individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Venezuela) meeting the eligibility criteria who have been continuously residing in the United States since July 31, 2023, will be eligible for TPS under this designation. Individuals who arrived after that date will not be eligible for TPS under this designation.
A country may be designated for TPS when the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that conditions in the country temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely. The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to temporary conditions such as: ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. Once a country has been designated for TPS, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or eligible for TPS are not removable from the United States and can obtain employment authorization and/or travel authorization. Individuals granted TPS also may not be detained on the basis of their immigration status.
Please contact the immigration attorney at LHSCD working on your case with any questions about this TPS designation extension. To set up a consultation with one of our attorneys, please fill out our Consultation Request Form.
Written by: Andrew A. Fuller