The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on April 15, 2022, that it had designated Cameroon for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. As a result, Cameroon natives who have continuously resided in the U.S. as of April 14, 2022, became eligible to apply for TPS as of that date. This is the first time in history that DHS has extended TPS to Cameroon. As a result, USCIS estimates that about 11,7000 individuals from Cameroon may be eligible for TPS.
On June 6, 2022, DHS posted a Federal Register notice concerning TPS for Cameroon. The registration process for eligible individuals began on June 7, 2022. Individuals eligible to register include foreign nationals who have been continuously residing in the U.S. since at least April 14, 2022, and physically present in the U.S. since at least June 7, 2022. The registration period runs through December 7, 2023.
Individuals filing for TPS must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, which they can file online. These individuals also can apply for an employment authorization document (EAD) by submitting Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, which they also can file online. If USCIS approves your TPS application, your EAD will remain valid until December 7, 2023. Sometimes, you may receive your EAD before your TPS is approved. However, if DHS later rejects your TPS application, your EAD will become invalid.
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