Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Somalia
TPS Extended through:
Sept. 17, 2018
Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:
Jan.17, 2017- March 20, 2017
Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:
May 1, 2012
Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:
TPS Designation Date:
Sept. 16, 1991
TPS Re-designation Dates:
Sept. 4, 2001, and Sept.18, 2012
Federal Register Notice Citation:
|80 FR 4905|
When to File for TPS
In order for you to maintain Temporary Protected Status (TPS), you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan. 17, 2017 through March 20, 2017. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period.
If you have never been granted TPS, you may be eligible to file a late initial application.
Where to File
Send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below:
Then, mail your application to:
Are re-registering for TPS
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Would like to send your application by courier for
Are submitting a late initial filing
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
USCIS has automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the last extension of TPS Somalia for an additional 6 months, through Sept. 17, 2017. If you are a TPS beneficiary under the Somalia designation and your EAD is based on your TPS status with an original expiration date of March 17, 2017, your EAD is covered by this automatic extension and you may continue to work.
To prove that you are authorized to continue working legally, you may show the following documentation to your employer and government agencies:
- Your TPS-related EAD with a March 17, 2017 expiration date; and
- A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension.
Your employer may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. Go to the “Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility” page for more information.
If USCIS approves your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or USCIS approved your fee waiver request), you will be issued a new EAD with the expiration date of Sept. 17, 2018.
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 the TPS webpage.
Other Immigration Options
You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.
To apply for a lawful permanent status (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.
Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS status 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 status “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).
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 file such 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 and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice web page.
We don’t 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.