The Brand-New Venezuela TPS Designation and What it Means for You

The recent Venezuela TPS policy announcement is a game changer. How will it impact you, and how can we help?



2021 is shaping up to be a fantastic year of recovery thus far. Back in January, President Biden made several significant immigration policy changes in hopes to create a fairer immigration system that ensures public safety while still being fair to those attempting to legally become US citizens. Now, as we enter spring, more positive news keeps coming! This time, the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated Venezuela for TPS. What does that mean for you?

Venezuela DPS Designation

The Venezuela Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation will last for 18 months, from March 9, 2021 through September 9, 2022. From now until September 5, 2021, Venezuelan nationals and anyone with no established nationality who last lived in Venezuela will be granted the opportunity to apply for this designation, along with an Employee Authorization Document (EAD).

This is a game changer! At one point Venezuela had a steadily growing economy, but it has since crumbled significantly. TPS protects those who cannot safely return to their home country because of the economic situation and civil unrest. It’s also worth noting that the TPS could be extended depending on how the situation evolves as we move through the initial 18-month phase. Thus far, it is estimated that the program could give over 300,000 Venezuelans protection from deportation.

The new TPS policy comes as an extension of the Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) memorandum initially enacted on January 19th of this year. This memorandum protected certain Venezuelans from deportation and offered the opportunity to apply for work permits. Both of the policies are similar, but the recent TPS policy is particularly noteworthy because it gives qualified registrants an immigration status as well.

How Can Elizabeth Anu Lawrence Law Help with Your TPS Application?

The deadline to register for TPS designation is September 5! The Law Office of Elizabeth Anu Lawrence is an experienced firm that can expedite the TPS application process for you and help you ensure you meet all of the requirements before the critical deadline. To get started, contact us today at 410.986.0088, 443.352.3201, or by email at [email protected]

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