Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Somalia

ALERT: On July 19, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her decision to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Somalia for 18 months through March 17, 2020. Do not pay for or submit any form until USCIS updates official re-registration information on this webpage.

Read more: Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen Announcement on Temporary Protected Status for Somalia

 

TPS Extended Through:

March 17, 2020

Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:

Aug. 27, 2018 - Oct. 26, 2018

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:March 16, 2019

Continuous Residence Date in U.S. Since:

May 1, 2012

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

Sept. 18, 2012

TPS Designation Date:

Sept. 16, 1991

Current TPS Designation Dates:

Sept. 4, 2001 and Sept.18, 2012

Federal Register Notice Citation:

83 FR 43695

 

When to File for TPS

To maintain TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Aug. 27, 2018 through Oct 26, 2018. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period.

Where to File

Send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below:

If you:

 Then, mail your application to:

Are filing for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS or for re-registration of TPS

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

Would like to send your application by courier for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS or for re-registration of TPS

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Somalia
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 of Somalia with an original expiration date of Sept. 17, 2018, for 180 days, through  March 16, 2019. Additionally, individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of March 17, 2017, and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received their new EAD are also covered by this automatic extension.  If your EAD is covered by this automatic extension, you may continue to use your existing EAD through March 16, 2019, as evidence that you are authorized to work.

To prove that you are authorized to continue working legally, you may show the following documentation to your employer. Government agencies may also accept these documents if they need to determine your immigration status:  

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a Sept. 17, 2018 expiration date; or
  • Your TPS-related EAD with a March 17, 2017 expiration date and your EAD application receipt (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) that notes your application was received on or after January 17, 2017; 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 thDocumentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility page 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, 2020.

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 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).

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 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 is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice webpage.

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.

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