From Monday, November 29, first-time Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants, and beneficiaries who are re-registering, may file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online.
The following countries are currently designated for TPS: Burma (Myanmar), El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.
Applicants may submit a completed Form I-765 with their Form I-821 or submit their Form I-765 separately later. However, filing both forms together may help applicants receive their EAD more promptly.
Applicants who file via a paper form can still track the status of their application online through their MyUSCIS account.
In June, USCIS piloted online filing for some TPS applicants from select countries. At the time, it stated it was working to make online applications available for all TPS re-registrants and initial applicants. The shift to online filing should streamline the process for applicants and the agency.
Erickson Immigration Group will continue to send updates as more news is available. If you have questions about anything we’re reporting above or case-specific questions, please contact your employer or EIG attorney.