The Department of Homeland Security announced that it will open registration for Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopia on Dec. 12. It will remain open through June 12, 2024.

Key Points:

  • To be eligible for TPS, nationals of Ethiopia — or those without a nationality who last resided in Ethiopia — must demonstrate they have resided in the United States continuously since Oct. 20, 2022, and been continuously physically present since Dec. 12, 2022.
  • Applicants have 18 months, from Dec. 12, 2022, through June 12, 2024, to register and complete Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. They may also request an Employment Authorization Document by submitting Form I-765.
  • Those who travel to the United States after Dec. 12 will not be eligible for TPS.
  • The full Federal Register notice is available here.

Additional Information: DHS made the decision to add Ethiopia under TPS due to conflict-related violence and a humanitarian crisis involving severe food shortages, flooding, drought and displacements.

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