USCIS Extends Somali TPS

Temporary Protected Status for SomaliansSomali nationals and other African immigrants eligible for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will have that status extended, according to a statement from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS.) The agency encourages beneficiaries to re-register sooner rather than later during the re-registration period, which runs from June 1, 2015 through July 31, 2015.

The USCIS statement describes the TPS extension as for those “eligible nationals of Somalia (and eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia).” The extension is for an additional 18 months, and it’s effective from Sept. 18, 2015 through to March 17, 2017. The decision to extend the status was made by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson.

The extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD.) These EAD applicants will receive the document with an expiration of March 17, 2017.

Materials needed for TPS re-registration include:

  • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
  • Services fee or fee waiver request for biometrics
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

Re-registrants should note that they don’t need to pay the Form I-821 application fee. Also, the biometrics requirement applies to those who are aged 14 or older. Additionally, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization is a required form for all re-registrants, regardless of the intention to work or not. In any case, the fee or fee waiver request is only necessary if re-registrants want an EAD.

Civil war erupted in Somalia in 1991 when armed groups ousted the military government of President Mohamed Siad Barre. From here, the country fell into anarchy. The Somalia capital of Mogadishu came to be defined by killing, looting and rape.

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