Afghanistan Updates: Temporary Protected Status
March 17th, 2022
Temporary Protected Status
On March 16th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This new status will be in effect for an initial 18 month period. Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas approved TPS for Afghanistan on the basis of ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary circumstances that prevents the country's nationals from returning safely. The specific conditions recognized by DHS include, "a collapsing public sector, a worsening economic crisis, drought, food and water insecurity, lack of access to healthcare, internal displacement, human rights abuses and repression by the Taliban, destruction of infrastructure, and increasing criminality."
TPS is only available to individuals already residing in the United States as of March 15, 2022. Any individual who travels to the United States after March 15, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS.
For More Information:
View the original USCIS News Alert here.
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