The Department of Homeland Security has announced the designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

Key Points:

  • The designation will remain in effect for 18 months from the date on which notice is published in the Federal Register.
  • In order to be eligible for the designation, individuals must have continuously resided in the U.S. since March 15, 2022.
  • Individuals who attempt to travel to the U.S. after March 15, 2022, will not be eligible for TPS under the designation.
  • DHS said the forthcoming Federal Register notice would include instructions for applying for TPS and related Employment Authorization Documents (EADs).

Additional Information: DHS said Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas designated Afghanistan for TPS on the bases of ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely. The announcement followed shortly after DHS’ designation of Ukraine for TPS earlier this month.

BAL Analysis: BAL will follow developments related to Afghanistan TPS designation and will provide updated information as it becomes available.

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