Yemen TPS Extended by 18 Months

USCIS Grants TPS Extension for YemenNationals of the Republic of Yemen– or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen– can register or re-register for TPS with DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson’s redesignation and extension of the designation. The status extension runs from March 4, 3017 through Sept. 3, 2018.

While both re-registrants and initial registrants could begin the application process on January 4, the latest deadline for each type of application varies. According to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) press release, TPS extension applications are permissible during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan. 4, 2017, through March 6, 2017. For those who are filing for the status for the first time, USCIS accepts applications during the 180-day initial registration period that runs from Jan. 4, 2017, through July 3, 2017.

Yemen nationals who are eligible to submit registration applications in cases where applicants have:

  • Resided in the United States continuously since Jan. 4,  2017; and
  • Held continuous physical presence in the United States since March 4, 2017.

With the TPS redesignation and extension, TPS beneficiaries from the Arabic country are also eligible for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs.) The expiration of these EADs for both classes of registrants is Sept. 4, 2018. This new expiration date automatically applies to those re-registrants who may not receive their new EADs until after their current work permits expire.

As part of the re-registration process, current TPS beneficiaries must submit:

Individuals who are applying for TPS for the first time must submit:

  • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status;
  • The Form I-821 application fee;
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, even in cases where no EAD is requested
  • The Form I-765 application fee in those cases where applicants are requesting an EAD and are 14 to 65 years old. Individuals who are aged under 14 or older than 66 don’t need to pay the Form I-765 application fee with their initial TPS application; and
  • The biometric services fee for applicants aged 14 or older.

USCIS reminds Yemen nationals who still have a pending initial application under Yemen’s designation don’t need to submit a new Form I-821. However, if they currently have a TPS-related EAD and want a new EAD, they should submit:

  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization;
  • The Form I-765 application fee, regardless of age; and
  • A copy of the receipt notice for the initial Form I-821 that is still pending.

Those applicants who want to request a fee waiver based on inability can file Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver or by submit a written request and supporting documentation. USCIS rejects submitted applications that don’t included the required filing fees or properly documentation.