** LEGAL UPDATE **
The Biden Administration's Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas has announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will be extended for Somalians in the United States through March 17, 2023.
This means that Somalians who have already applied and been approved for TPS will benefit, being authorized to remain in the U.S. for another 18 months since the last extension, which is due to expire September 17, 2021.
In addition, Somali nationals (or people with no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) who have been continuously residing in the United States since July 19, 2021 can file initial TPS applications if they meet the other eligibility requirements. (This only applies to an estimated 100 people in the U.S. right now.)
The purpose of TPS is to allow citizens and nationals of certain countries to remain lawfully in the U.S. with a work permit for a designated period of time, as temporary protection from their countries' recent or ongoing natural disasters, armed conflict, or other conditions that make it dangerous to return there. Somalia was originally designated for TPS on September 16, 1991 and has been extended since then, due to ongoing armed conflict and violence against civilians.
Check the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for information on how to re-register or register for the first time. The Federal Register notice also lays out some of this information. There is a 60-day re-registration period for people who already have TPS, running from July 22, 2021 through September 20, 2021. (Do not wait until your work permit expires to re-register!)
You would also be wise to consult an immigration attorney with regard to possibilities for more permanent forms of U.S. immigration status.
Effective Date: July 19, 2021