Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available to individuals from countries designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a form of temporary relief. Countries may receive this designation due to a natural disaster, civil war, or other conditions that may make it unreasonable for nations to return. If a country is designated for TPS, nationals currently living in the United States can apply for TPS.
Venezuela received the designation for TPS on March 9, 2021, and it will remain effective until September 9, 2022.
What is Required to Apply for TPS?
If you are applying for Venezuela TPS, there are a few requirements you must meet.
The requirements include:
- You are a national of Venezuela or you were a noncitizen who habitually resided there
- You have continuously lived in the U.S. since March 8, 2021
- You were continuously present in the U.S. since March 9, 2021
Unlike other types of immigration programs, many grounds of inadmissibility may be waived based on humanitarian reasons, to maintain family unity, or for other reasons that may be in the public interest.
That said, you may be ineligible for Venezuela TPS if the following apply:
- You were convicted of a felony or 2 or more misdemeanors in the U.S.
- You are inadmissible under applicable grounds in INA section 212(a)
- You are barred from asylum for participating in certain activities, including terrorist activity
Additionally, Venezuela has a 180-day period for registration, which begins on March 9, 2021, and ends on September 5, 2021. If you miss the registration period, the only way to register is if you qualify for late initial registration. However, the requirements for this are far stricter.
Here is what you will need when applying for Venezuela TPS:
- Proof of your date of entry into the U.S., such as a visa, passport, or I-94 card
- Proof of continuous residence in the U.S. since March 8, 2021, and physical presence since March 9, 2021
- 2 photos that are passport-style
- An application fee or Form I-9129 along with supporting evidence to waive the fee
- If you have supporting evidence to waive grounds of inadmissibility, you will also need to include Form I-601
- Certified court dispositions from a criminal case, if applicable
Discuss Your Case with a Knowledgeable Immigration Team Today!
If you wish to apply for TPS for Venezuela, the experienced team at Maney | Gordon | Zeller, P.A. can provide the advice and guidance you need for successful results.
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