• Tanya Powers

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela


Venezuela is now simultaneously covered by Temporary Protected States (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries, who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.


During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries:

  • Are not removable from the United States;

  • Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD); and

  • May be granted travel authorization.

TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status.


Individuals desiring TPS must file an application with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the 180-day registration period.

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