The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday published a Federal Register notice that formally designated Myanmar (formerly Burma) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) effective from May 25 to Nov. 25, 2022.

Key Points:

  • Nationals of Myanmar (or individuals that have no nationality who last resided in Myanmar) who have lived in the U.S. continuously since March 11 and will be physically present in the U.S. from May 25 onward can now submit an application for TPS.
  • The publication marks the formal opening of the 180-day registration period allowing an estimated 1,600 Burmese nationals access to TPS.
  • Applicants applying for TPS must submit an initial Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status before Nov. 22 and meet additional TPS requirements to be eligible to receive the status.

Additional Information: TPS applicants can additionally apply for Employment Authorization Documents and travel authorization as detailed in the Federal Register notice. DHS first announced that Myanmar would receive the TPS designation in March.

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