Yemen’s Temporary Protected Status Extended

DHS extends Temporary Protected Status for Yemen

The availability of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Yemeni nationals will now run until March 3, 2020. This will allow Yemeni nationals to either reregister or apply for Employment Authorization Documents, which will expire on March 3, 2020.

Because the Federal Government recognizes not every beneficiary had received their TPS by the original expiration date, September 3, 2018, Employment Authorization Documents were automatically extended by 180 dates to March 3, 2019. However, those who already hold these documents must reregister according to DHS if they wish to maintain status until early 2020 – the 60-day period, within which DHS strongly encourages applicants to apply, ends on October 15, 2018.

Why do Yemeni Nationals qualify for TPS?

Beginning on September 3, 2015, former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson designated Yemen for TPS due to the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Sec. Johnson then issued an 18-month extension, like this one, in January 2017.

As these periods come to an end, DHS reviews the current conditions in the country with TPS. Because the conditions that prompted the initial extension persist, DHS has decided to extend TPS for Yemen once again.

Indeed, the conditions in Yemen are grim. The UN has verified more than 28,000 civilian casualties since 2015. Furthermore, nearly three-quarters of the Yemeni population require humanitarian assistance. As well, Yemen is facing food scarcity; the country was already heavily reliant on food importation to meet its population’s needs. Now, nearly 18 million Yemenis, particularly children, need food assistance.

For More Information

Read Federal Register Vol. 83, No. 157. You will find important information on TPS registry on pages 40309 - 10.

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This information is taken from AILA Doc. No. 18081400.

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