** LEGAL UPDATE **
After a long string of announcements of countries whose citizens could not renew their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in the U.S. after a final cutoff date, immigrant advocates were relieved that citizens of Yemen were offered a simple renewal. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the designation of Yemen for TPS will be extended for 18 months, through March 3, 2020.
The basis for this determination is, according to Nielsen, that the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions that led to Yemen’s TPS designation continue to be a problem (and thus the country is not ready to deal with people returning from the United States).
An estimated 1,250 Yemenis currently live in the United States with TPS. They will soon be able to re-register for TPS and receive an extension of their work permits (employment authorization documents).
No new applications for TPS will be accepted, however. To be eligible for TPS under Yemen’s current designation extension, applicants must have continuously resided in the United States since January 4, 2017, have been continuously physically present in the United States since March 4, 2017, and continue to meet the other TPS eligibility requirements, such as having no serious crimes on record and not being otherwise inadmissible to the United States.
More information on how to re-register will be published in the U.S. Federal Register soon.
Effective Date: July 5, 2018