USCIS Announces 18 Month TPS Extension for Nationals of Somalia

Murali Bashyam

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Somalia through September 17, 2009. Under this extension, those who have already been granted TPS are eligible to live and work in the United States for an additional 18 months and continue to maintain their status.
DHS also automatically extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) held by eligible Somalis for an additional six months from March 17, 2008 through September 17, 2008. The extension of TPS for Somalia is effective March 17, 2008 and will remain in effect through September 17, 2009. Nationals of Somalia who have been granted TPS must re-register for the 18-month extension during the 60-day re-registration period beginning March 12, 2008 and remaining in effect until May 12, 2008. Somali TPS beneficiaries are encouraged to apply as soon as possible following the start of the 60-day re-registration period.  The re-registration period begins March 12, 2008.  The USCIS will only accept TPS re-registration applications that are filed after March 12, 2008 and before May 12, 2008.

Additional information on filing for TPS re-registration will be posted on when it becomes available.

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