The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has redesignated Myanmar (Burma) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The redesignation means that Burmese foreign nationals and individuals with no nationality who last habitually resided in Burma and are currently living in the U.S. as of September 25, 2022, are eligible for TPS. Likewise, DHS extended TPS protections for Burmese individuals who already have TPS status for an additional 18 months. As a result, the TPS status for these individuals will not expire until May 25, 2024.
According to DHS, it has chosen to redesignate Burma for TPS and extend TPS status to Burmese nationals due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Burma that prevent those individuals from safely returning to that country. More specifically, the February 2021 military coup d’état has led to continuing violence, human rights violations, an economic crisis, and limited access to food, water, shelter, and medical care.
DHS states that the extension permits about 970 individuals to retain their TPS status. Almost 2,300 additional individuals currently present in the U.S. may be eligible for TPS under the redesignation of Burma.
Current TPS beneficiaries have a 60-day window to re-register for extended TPS status. This re-registration period runs from September 27, 2022, through November 26, 2022. However, individuals with a pending Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, or Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, do not need to re-register; if their applications for relief are granted, they automatically will receive extended TPS and a valid EAD through May 25, 2024.
First-time applicants or individuals who do not currently have TPS and may qualify for TPS under the Burma redesignation have until May 25, 2024, to file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. These individuals also may file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, together with Form I-821, or separately at a later date.
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