Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Somalia

ALERT: On July 19,2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the extension and redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This extension and redesignation will be in effect from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023. Instructions for applying for TPS will be included in an upcoming Federal Register notice on TPS Somalia.

For additional information, please see the news release.

TPS Extended Through: March 17, 2023
Re-registration Period for Aliens Who Already Have TPS: July 22, 2021 - September 20, 2021
Registration Period for People Who are Applying for TPS for the First Time: July 22, 2021 - March 17, 2023
Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through: March 16, 2022
Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since: July 19, 2021
Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since: Sept. 18, 2021
Initial TPS Designation Date: Sept. 16, 1991
Current TPS Designation Dates: Sept.18, 2021
Federal Register Notice Citation: 2021-15595

When to File for TPS

To maintain TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from July 22, 2021 through September 20, 2021. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period.  

If you are filing an initial application for TPS under Somalia’s redesignation, effective Sept. 18, 2021, you must register during the registration period that runs from July 22, 2021 through March 17, 2023. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the registration period.

Go to the TPS webpage for information about registering.

Where to File

If you are applying for TPS Somalia for the first time, you may file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, online. Only initial applicants from certain countries are eligible to file Form I-821 online. All other TPS applicants and current beneficiaries who are re-registering under the extension of a TPS designation must continue to file a paper Form I-821. When filing an initial TPS application, you can also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online with your Form I-821.

File Online

If an initial TPS applicant from a country not currently eligible for online filing of Form I-821, or a re-registrant files Form I-821 online, USCIS will deny the application and retain the fee.

If you are filing for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS, for registration, or for re-registration, send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below:

If you send your paper application via: Then, mail your application to:

U.S. Postal Service(USPS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Somalia
P.O. Box 6943
Chicago, IL 60680-6943

FedEx, UPS, or DHL

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Somalia (Box 6943)
131 S. Dearborn St., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD)

USCIS has automatically extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the TPS designation for Somalia with an original expiration date of Sept. 17, 2021, for 180 days, through March 16, 2022.

To prove that you are authorized to continue working legally, you may show your TPS-related EAD with a Sept. 17, 2021, expiration date to your employer. Government agencies may also accept this document if they need to verify your immigration status.

Employers and government agencies may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. Go to I-9 Central’s Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure webpage for more information.

If we approve your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or if we approved your fee waiver request), we will issue you a new EAD with the expiration date of March 17, 2023.

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions on submitting a re-registration or initial TPS application package, go to the TPS webpage.

Other Immigration Options 

You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.

To apply for lawful permanent resident status (a Green Card), you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

For general questions about the employment eligibility verification process, visit I-9 Central and the TPS webpage; call USCIS at 888-464-4218 (TTY: 877-875-6028); or email USCIS at i-9central@uscis.dhs.gov. We accept calls and emails in English and many other languages.

For questions about avoiding discrimination during the employment eligibility verification process, you may also call the U.S. Department of Justice’s Immigrant and Employee Rights Section (IER) Employer Hotline (which offers language interpretation in many languages) at 800-255-8155 (TTY: 800- 237-2515), or email IER at osccrt@usdoj.gov.

Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the one-year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States, if the one-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).

Avoid Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to obtain such forms; however, all USCIS forms are free for download from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives is available on the USCIS website on the Find Legal Services webpage. 

We do not want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.

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