The current living conditions of Venezuela and Myanmar are both unstable and unsafe for people who are citizens of either country. If you are from either of these countries and are currently in the United States, then you may be able to defer your return by applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
What is TPS?
TPS is a temporary designation given to nationals of countries that are currently facing armed conflict or natural disaster. If the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) designates a country for TPS, then citizens of that country that are currently in the United States can apply to defer their return for a lengthy period, typically 18 months. DHS can later extend this period. Syria, for example, has had TPS Designation since early 2012 when the war started there.
TPS will not be granted to everyone. An individual is not eligible for TPS if they have been convicted of a felony, two or more misdemeanors, or if they are otherwise inadmissible due to criminal conduct.
How TPS Can Be Helpful for Citizens of Venezuela and Myanmar
If you are a national of Venezuela or Myanmar (Burma) and are residing in the United States, then you are likely fearful of returning to your home country. If you apply for and are granted TPS, then your departure will be deferred, and you will be given employment authorization so you can legally work while you are living in the United States.
Venezuela TPS: Effective March 9, 2021, DHS announced that Venezuela is designated for TPS for 18 months, until September 9, 2022. There is a 180-day registration period to apply for TPS that expires on September 5, 2021.
Myanmar (Burma) TPS: Effective March 11, 2021, DHS annhttps://www.dhs.gov/news/2021/03/12/secretary-mayorkas-designates-burma-temporary-protected-statusounced that Myanmar (Burma) is designated for TPS for 18 months. Due to a military coup that has led to an armed crisis and violence against civilians, it has been deemed extremely dangerous for nationals to return.
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