Conditions in Yemen warrant ongoing Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions continue to exist in the country. With the extension, individuals from Yemen who hold the protected status are eligible to re-register for a TPS extension for 18 months, through March 3, 2020.
Interestingly, Yemen is 1 of 7 countries on President Trump’s Travel Ban list.
War in the Arab country officially known as the Republic of Yemen has displaced millions of people. Yemen is also the region’s poorest country. According to a report, at least 10,000 Yemenis have lost their lives due to the fighting in just the last few years with another 40,000 casualties overall. Around 3 million Yemenis have lost their homes and some 280,000 seek asylum in other countries.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s decision, made in conjunction with interagency partners, in early July through a press release. Pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, “she has extended Yemen’s TPS designation for 18 months.”
The current TPS designation was set to expire in September this year.
Approximately 1,250 Yemeni individuals are categorized as TPS beneficiaries. With the extension, these current TPS beneficiaries are able to re-register for TPS and remain in the United States with work authorization through early March 2020. Among the requirements to receive continued TPS designation, beneficiaries must have continuously resided in the United States since January 4, 2017 with continuous physical presence in the United States since March 4, 2017.
Further details about this TPS extension will appear in the Federal Register notice and will include information about the re-registration process as well as the renewal of employment authorization documents.
Prior to the conclusion of the current extension to March 2020, the secretary will review the conditions in Yemen again to determine whether to continue the TPS designation.
The TPS program lets foreign nationals who’ve experienced natural or man-made disasters in their home countries to live and work in the United States. The program protects nationals already present in the United States, whether documented or not.