USCIS Announced Re-Designation of Somalia for TPS
On May 1, 2012, USCIS announced a re-designation of Somalia for temporary protected status (TPS) and an extension for existing TPS designations, which allows qualifying Somali nationals in the US to (re-)register for TPS. Re-registration is required from May 1, 2012 to July 2, 2012.
In order to be eligible, the applicant must:
- Be a national of Somalia, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia;
- File during the open initial registration period (May 1, 2012 to October 29, 2012) or re-registration period (May 1, 2012 to July 2, 2012), or you meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of your country’s TPS designation;
- Have been continuously physically present (CPP) in the United States since September 18, 2012;
- Have been continuously residing (CR) in the United States since May 1, 2012. The law allows an exception to the continuous physical presence and continuous residence requirements for brief, casual and innocent departures from the United States. When you apply or re-register for TPS, you must inform USCIS of all absences from the United States since the CPP and CR dates. USCIS will determine whether the exception applies in your case.
You may NOT be eligible for TPS or to maintain your existing TPS if you:
- Have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States
- Are found inadmissible as an immigrant under applicable grounds in INA section 212(a), including non-waivable criminal and security-related grounds
- Are subject to any of the mandatory bars to asylum. These include, but are not limited to, participating in the persecution of another individual or engaging in or inciting terrorist activity
- Fail to meet the continuous physical presence and continuous residence in the United States requirements
- Fail to meet initial or late initial TPS registration requirements
- If granted TPS, you fail to re-register for TPS, as required, without good cause.
Please speak to one of our professionals to have your TPS application submitted.
*The information provided in this post does not constitute legal advice or opinion. The information is for guidance purposes only. Individual situations vary and you should contact us for a consultation.