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How to apply for TPS for Venezuelans?

The New Designation Allows Eligible Venezuelans to Apply for TPS, Employment Authorization and Travel Documents
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1. What is TPS for Venezuela?
2. Why was Venezuela designated for TPS?
3. What is the Registration Period for TPS for Venezuela?
4. Who is eligible to apply for TPS for Venezuelans?
5. What do I get if I apply for TPS for Venezuelans?
6. What documents do I need to apply for TPS for Venezuelans?
7. What is the government's initial registration fee or filing fee to apply for TPS for Venezuela?
8. What happens after I apply for TPS for Venezuelans?
9. What is USCIS Form I-821?

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1. What is TPS for Venezuela?

The Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, has designated Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, until September 2022. This new designation of TPS for Venezuela enables Venezuelan nationals (and individuals without nationality who last resided in Venezuela) currently residing in the United States to file initial applications for TPS, so long as they meet eligibility requirements.

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.

TPS can be extended to a country with conditions that fall into one or more of the three statutory bases for designation: ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

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2. Why was Venezuela designated for TPS?

Venezuela is currently facing a severe humanitarian emergency. Under Nicola ́s Maduro’s influence, the country ‘‘has been in the midst of a severe political and economic crisis for several years.’’ Venezuela’s crisis has been marked by a wide range of factors, including: Economic contraction; inflation and hyperinflation; deepening poverty; high levels of unemployment; reduced access to and shortages of food and medicine; a severely weakened medical system; the reappearance or increased incidence of certain communicable diseases; a collapse in basic services; water, electricity, and fuel shortages; political polarization; institutional and political tensions; human rights abuses and repression; crime and violence; corruption; increased human mobility and displacement (including internal migration, emigration, and return); and the impact of the COVID–19 pandemic, among other factors.

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3. What is the Registration Period for TPS for Venezuela?

If you wanted to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the designation of Venezuela, as of March 9, 2021, you had to register during the 180-day registration period that runs from March 9, 2021 to September 5, 2021; however, the registration period has been extended to 18 months. Due to this extension, Venezuelans will have until September 9, 2022 to register and begin their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) process.

This decision was made because it seeks to allow sufficient time for new applicants, provided they are eligible to apply.

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4. Who is eligible to apply for TPS for Venezuelans?

Only individuals who can demonstrate the following are eligible to apply for TPS for Venezuela:

 

  • Be a national of Venezuela;
  • File during the open initial registration period between March 9, 2021 to September 5, 2021; and
  • Have been continuously residing and physically present in the United States since March 8, 2021.

 

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5. What do I get if I apply for TPS for Venezuelans?

These are some of the benefits you will receive if you apply for TPS for Venezuelans and if your application is approved:

  • Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months until September 2022 (You will be able to request an extension if the conditions in Venezuela continue);  
  • Employment Authorization Document (EAD) valid until September 2022;
  • Social Security Number;
  • Driver’s License;
  • If your TPS application is approved and you wish to travel outside the United States, you can apply for travel authorization or an Advance Parole Document.

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6. What documents do I need to apply for TPS for Venezuelans?


Proof of Venezuelan Nationality

  • A copy of your passport; or
  • A copy of your birth certificate, accompanied by a photo ID; or
  • Any national identity document that contains your photograph or fingerprints (or both), issued by your country, including those documents generated by the Embassy or Consulate of Venezuela in the United States.


Evidence of your Entry Date before March 8, 2021

  • Copy of your passport and/or entry stamp in the passport; or
  • Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record (to obtain an electronic copy of your Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record visit the following I-94 Website.


Evidence of Physical and Continuous Residence in the United States

  • Employment records (pay stubs, employment letters, tax and W-2 forms);
  • Rent receipts, utility bills (gas, electricity, telephone, internet);
  • Bank statements, loans, money order vouchers, money transfer vouchers, etc.;
  • School records from schools in the United States that you or your children have attended;
  • Hospital records or medical records related to the treatment or hospitalization of you or your children;
  • Statements from officials of your church, union or other organization, who know you and know where you live; or
  • If you were ever arrested or convicted for any criminal offense,  include certified copies of all arrest reports, court dispositions, sentencing documents, and any other relevant documents.

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7. What is the government's initial registration fee or filing fee to apply for TPS for Venezuela?

If you are between 14 and 65 years of age and seeking employment authorization, here is the total initial registration fee: $50 for Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) + $410 for Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization)  + $85 (Biometrics Service Fee) = $545.

If you are under 14 years of age or over 65 years of age and seeking employment authorization, you are not required to pay a fee for the Employment Authorization Application when filing for initial TPS registration. You only pay: $50 for Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) + $85 (Biometrics Service Fee) = $135.

NOTE: You may be eligible for a fee waiver under 8 CFR 103.7(c).  If you believe you are eligible for a fee waiver, complete Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver (or a written request), and submit it and any required evidence of your inability to pay the filing fees with this application.

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8. What happens after I apply for TPS for Venezuelans?

Once USCIS receives your application you will receive:

  • Form I-797C, Notice of Action confirming receipts for the applications and filing fees.
  • A Biometrics Service appointment at a local USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) to capture your  fingerprints, photograph and/or signature.
  • If required, USCIS may issue a Request for Evidence (RFE) to request missing initial or additional evidence.
  • A Notice of Decision for each application by mail.
  • Your new Employment Authorization Document (work permit), if your application is approved.

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9. What is USCIS Form I-821?

If you are an eligible national of a designated country, you can use USCIS Form I-821 to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). When filing an initial TPS application or re-registering for TPS, you can also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Request for Employment Authorization, when you file Form I-821.


Last Reviewed/Updated: 08/05/2021

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