At the Rijal Law Firm, we’re committed to helping people to better navigate the immigration process as TPS Immigration Lawyers so that they can reach their goals. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security both extended and re-designated the country of Afghanistan for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for another 18 months. During this time, we may be able to assist you and yours in getting your status renewed.
A Re-Designation and a Deadline
On September 21st, the Department of Homeland Security extended Afghanistan’s TPS redesignation from November 21st, 2023 to May 20th, 2025. According to a notice in the Federal Register, “the 60-day re-registration period for existing beneficiaries runs from September 25, 2023 through November 24, 2023.”
This goes on to say that “it is important for re-registrants to timely re-register during the registration period and not to wait until their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) expire, as delaying reregistration could result in gaps in their employment authorization.)
Our lawyers have experience in helping others to navigate the TPS re-registration process. Now, we can put that experience to work for you.
Why This Action Was Taken
According to the USCIS, this action was taken “because conditions, including armed conflict, that support Afghanistan’s TPS designation are ongoing.” Additionally, “due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in Afghanistan that prevent individuals from safely returning.”
When a country suffers an environmental disaster, a continuing armed conflict, and extraordinary/temporary conditions, it may be designated for TPS. Indeed, a country only has to fall into one of those to be eligible.
In regards to Afghanistan in particular, this designation is based on economic instability, internal displacement, and lack of access to clean water, food, and healthcare, among other factors.
Returning to the USCIS release, approximately 3,100 current beneficiaries can retain TPS through the May 20, 2025 deadline should they continue to meet the eligibility requirements of TPS.
Additionally, through this redesignation, roughly 14,600 more Afghan nationals (or individuals who have no nationality but last habitually resided in Afghanistan) who entered America since the last continuous residence date of March 15th, 2022, and who have been continuously residing here since September 20th, 20223 and are continuously physically present in America since November 21, 2023, can, if they are otherwise eligible, file an initial TPS application.
Experienced TPS Immigration Lawyer on Your Side
As you can see, this is a complicated process that is constantly in flux. In addition to Afghanistan, many other countries are currently designated for TPS. Recently, the USCIS announced new deadlines for El Salvador, Nepal, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, and elsewhere. If you want an experienced TPS lawyer to guide you through the process every step of the way or if you have questions about any aspect of the TPS renewal process, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.
We have helped many who are in the exact position that you are right now. Schedule a free case evaluation with us through our site or by calling.