The United States is now offering Venezuelan migrants Temporary Protected Status (TPS) which will allow them to legally remain and work in the US, the Department of Homeland Security said on Monday.
The designation will last for 18 months until September 2022 and will enable Venezuelans including “individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela” to file for the applications as long as they have continuously resided in the US as of March 8, 2021.
“This designation is due to extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent nationals from returning safely, including a complex humanitarian crisis marked by widespread hunger and malnutrition, a growing influence and presence of non-state armed groups, repression, and a crumbling infrastructure,” said the statement released Monday.
The TPS can be offered to a country with ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters or extraordinary and temporary conditions, the statement added.
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas said, “The living conditions in Venezuela reveal a country in turmoil, unable to protect its own citizens.”
“It is in times of extraordinary and temporary circumstances like these that the United States steps forward to support eligible Venezuelan nationals already present here, while their home country seeks to right itself out of the current crises,” Mayorkas added.
Venezuelans must file their applications within the 180-day period.
The move comes following President Joe Biden’s promise during the election campaign to grant Venezuelans TPS amidst the crises.
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