Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Somalia has been extended for an additional 18 months, effective March 18, 2014, through September 17, 2015. The extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
Current Somali beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during a 60-day period that runs from November 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013. To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Re-registrants do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee, but they must submit the biometric fee, or a fee-waiver request, if they are age 14 or older.
All TPS re-registrants must also submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, but no I-765 application fee is required if the re-registrant does not want an EAD. TPS re-registrants requesting an EAD must submit the Form I-765 application fee, or a fee-waiver request. Eligible Somali TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the re-registration period and request work authorization will receive a new EAD that expires on September 17, 2015.
Applicants may request USCIS to waive any or all fees based on inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. USCIS has reminded applicants that fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation and failure to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request will result in the rejection of the TPS application.