White House Extends ‘Temporary Protect Status’ for Venezuelans

The United States government has extended its Temporary Protect Status (TPS) for Venezuelan nationals residing in the US.

According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the TPS extension for Venezuelan nationals will last for a further 18 months, beginning on September 10, 2022, and ending on March 10, 2024. 

The USCIS elaborated that only individuals who are currently covered by Venezuela’s designation and who are presently residing in the United States as of March 8, 2021, may reapply for TPS under the extension. 

“After careful consideration, and in consultation with the Secretary of State, today I am extending that designation. This action is one of many ways the Biden administration is providing humanitarian support to Venezuelans at home and abroad, together with our regional partners,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas.

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) projected that the number of people who qualify for TPS under the current classification of Venezuela is 343,000.

The US government uses the TPS designation to protect foreign nationals from deportation when it is deemed unsafe for foreign nationals to return to their home countries due to armed conflict, a natural disaster, or other temporary situations.

However, the DHS ruling from Monday does not re-designate TPS for Venezuela, which means that anyone who entered the US after March 8, 2021, will not be eligible. 

According to the United Nations, over six million people have fled Venezuela as a result of the country’s rising violence and political unrest.

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