The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has published a Federal Register notice extending the initial registration period for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from 180 days to 18 months for Burma (Myanmar), Syria and Venezuela.

Key Points:

  • The new extended deadlines for initial TPS applications are as follows:
    • Burma. May 25, 2021, through Nov. 25, 2022.
    • Syria. March 19, 2021, through Sept. 30, 2022.
    • Venezuela. March 9, 2021, through Sept. 9, 2022.
  • For existing Syria TPS holders who want to re-register, the 60-day re-registration period from March 19, 2021, through May 18, 2021 remains the same.
  • First-time TPS applicants from Burma, Syria, or Venezuela can file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protect Status online alongside an online version of Form I-765, Request for Employment Authorization.                                                                                                         

Additional Information: DHS has extended the initial application deadline to reduce the burden placed on applicants who are unable to file applications in a timely manner. Additionally, the extended deadline intends to reduce the operational burden on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and work alongside Executive Order 14012.

BAL Analysis: Though initial applicants may apply at any time during the 18-month designation period, they should be aware that they may not be allowed to file a late initial filing beyond this extended period even if TPS is extended again. Individuals who want to apply for TPS for any of the three countries should take action to apply during this 18-month initial registration period.

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