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This article was prepared with the assistance of ABIL, the Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers, of which Loan Huynh, Fredrikson Immigration Department Chair, is a member.

On September 20, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension and redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. The extension and redesignation are based upon a review of country conditions and findings that Venezuela continues to experience increased instability and safety concerns.

Applicants must establish they are Venezuelan nationals who have been continuously residing in the United States since July 31, 2023, and meet other eligibility criteria. USCIS will continue to process pending applications under the previous TPS designation for Venezuela, including associated EAD applications, and applicants do not need to resubmit their applications. USCIS will accept new applications during an initial registration period to be published in a forthcoming Federal Register notice.

There are currently approximately 242,000 TPS beneficiaries under Venezuela’s existing TPS designation. An estimated 472,000 additional nationals of Venezuela may be eligible under the redesignation.

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