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Immigration Law

Venezuelans Eligible for TPS and Corresponding Employment Authorization

Eligible Venezuelans in the United States may now apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which is granted to individuals who cannot return to their home countries safely. In the case of Venezuela, Secretary Mayorkas stated that the country has been in the midst of a “severe political and economic crisis for several years” including a deterioration of democratic institutions, a health crisis, food insecurity, increase in crime, and lack of access to basic services. As of now, the TPS designation will last for 18 months until September 9, 2022, and could be extended depending upon the in-country conditions at the time of the next assessment.

Those who wish to apply should do so during the initial registration period: March 9, 2021, through September 5, 2021. Among other elements of eligibility, applicants must meet two specific residency requirements:

  • Continuous residence in the United States since March 8, 2021; and
  • Continuous physical presence in the U.S. since March 9, 2021.

Applicants are also eligible to apply for travel authorization and employment authorization (EADs) that will be valid through September 9, 2022.

If you need an experienced immigration lawyer in the Clearwater area, and would like more information on the legal services we can offer, contact the Law Offices of K. Dean Kantaras, P.A. at (727) 939-6113, or use our online contact form.