The Department of Homeland Secretary announced this week that it would designate Myanmar for Temporary Protected Status for 18 months.

Key Points:

  • The designation will allow nationals of Myanmar (formerly Burma) who are in the U.S. to obtain TPS if they meet eligibility requirements and can show continuous residence in the United States as of March 11, 2021.
  • DHS said it would soon publish a notice in the Federal Register detailing eligibility criteria and the process by which TPS beneficiaries can apply for Employment Authorization Documents.
  • Administration officials told media outlets that roughly 1,600 individuals in the U.S. could benefit from the designation.

Additional Information: Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said in his statement this week that the people of Myanmar are suffering a “complex and deteriorating humanitarian crisis” following a military coup last month.

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