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DHS announces re-designation of Somalia for TPS
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Department of Homeland Security has announced the re-designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and has extended the existing TPS designation for Somalia from September 18, 2012 through March 17, 2014.

Re-registration:

Somali nationals with TPS who are seeking to re-register for TPS must file their application packages during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from May 1, 2012, through July 2, 2012. A Somali national may be eligible under the re-designation if she or he has continuously resided in the United States since May 1, 2012, and has been continuously physically present in the United States since September 18, 2012.

Individuals re-registering for TPS must submit:

  • A Form I-821;
  • A Form I-765,  regardless of whether they want an Employment Authorization Document (EAD);
  • The biometric services fee if they are age 14 or older; and
  • The Form I-765 application fee, but only if they want an EAD.

All individuals re-registering for TPS, who want an EAD, must pay the I-765 fee, regardless of age.

First time Registration:

Somalis, or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia, in the United States who do not currently have TPS may apply under the re-designation during the six-month period that runs from May 1, 2012 through October 29, 2012.

Individuals applying for TPS for the first time must submit:

  • A Form I-821;
  • A Form I-765, regardless of whether they want an Employment Authorization Document (EAD);
  • The Form I-821 application fee;
  • The biometrics services fee if they are age 14 or older; and
  • The Form I-765 application fee, but only if they want an EAD and are 14 to 65 years old.

Those under 14 or over 65 do not need to pay the I-765 fee with their initial TPS application.

Note: TPS applicants who are registering for the first time and applicants re-registering for TPS may request that USCIS waive any or all fees by filing a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Failure to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request will result in the rejection of the TPS application.



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