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TPS Venezuela and Afghanistan

USCIS has renewed and extended TPS eligibility for individuals from Venezuela and Afghanistan


USCIS has announced that it will allow TPS registration for individuals from Venezuela who have been in the US since July 31, 2023 or earlier. USCIS believes there may be 472,000 Venezuelan nationals who may newly qualify for TPS under this extension. The registration period for these newly qualified individuals has not been announced.

Individuals who may be applying for asylum or who have already done so are still encouraged to file for TPS and related work authorization. TPS provides guaranteed work authorization for those who are eligible, but should still be done in conjunction with an asylum application if the individual is eligible to do so.

Meltzer Hellrung believes it is a civic responsibility to help Venezuelan nationals, especially those in Chicago. If you know an individual or organization who may need assistance, please reach out to your Meltzer Hellrung attorney.


The Afghanistan TPS period has been designated to extend through May 20, 2025.

For individuals who already have TPS, USCIS has opened a re-registration period, September 25, 2023 through November 24, 2023. For individuals who received TPS previously, work authorization has been renewed automatically through November 20, 2024.

USCIS has also opened a new initial registration period for individuals who have had continuous residence in the US since September 20, 2023, and continuous physical presence since November 21, 2023. Individuals qualifying for the initial registration can file for TPS anytime between September 25, 2023 and May 20, 2024.