If you are a Venezuelan national in the U.S. and you do not have permanent immigration status here, you may be able to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which would allow you to live and work legally in the U.S. for as long as Venezuela is designated a TPS country.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a status that allows you to live and work legally in the U.S. It is valid for 18 months at a time, allows you to apply for a work permit and a Social Security Number, and may be renewed for as long as Venezuela is designated a TPS country.
The TPS registration period for Venezuelan nationals is open from March 9, 2021 and ends on September 5, 2021.
The current period of TPS for Venezuela starts on March 9, 2021 and ends on September 9, 2022. The U.S. government could choose to extend TPS for Venezuela. If it does get extended and you were approved during this current registration period, you would need to renew your registration during the next registration period.
In order to apply for TPS, you will need to prove three things: (1) that you are Venezuelan, (2) that you were residing in the U.S. on March 8, 2021, and (3) that you have been residing in the U.S. continuously since then.
Proof of Venezuelan Nationality
Date of Entry
Residence in U.S. from on or before March 8, 2021 to the present
No. Even if you are from Venezuela, you would be ineligible for TPS if:
To apply for TPS, you will need to file at least Form I-821. If you would like an employment authorization document (work permit), you will need to also file Form I-765. If you would like to request a fee waiver, you will need to file Form I-912 (or ask for a fee waiver in writing). You might need to file Form I-601, if certain “inadmissibility grounds” apply in your case.
The forms can all be downloaded for free from the USCIS website, but there are filing fees that must be paid, unless the fees are waived.
Encourage applicants to get EAD – good form of photo ID. Money orders payable to “Department of Homeland Security.”
This information is also available for download in English and Spanish.
For more information, please call the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Helpline from 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at 844-955-3425.
The information in this document has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel.
Last Updated: 26 May 2021
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