Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Yemen


TPS Extended Through:

September 3, 2018

Re-Registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:

January 4, 2017 through March 6, 2017

Registration Period for People Who Are Applying for TPS for the First Time:

January 4, 2017 through July 3, 2017

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:September 3, 2017
Continuous Residence in the U.S. Since:January 4, 2017

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

March 4, 2017

TPS Designation Date:September 3, 2015

TPS Redesignation Date:

January 4, 2017

Federal Register Notice Citation:

82 FR 859

On January 4, 2017, USCIS announced the redesignation of Yemen for TPS and the extension of the current TPS designation of Yemen for an additional 18 months. This allows eligible Yemeni nationals (and people without nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) to register or re-register for TPS.

When to File for TPS

If you currently have TPS under Yemen’s designation and would like to keep your TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from January 4, 2017, through March 6, 2017. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60-day registration period.

If you do not currently have TPS, you may file an initial application to register for TPS under Yemen’s recent designation. You must file your TPS package during the 180-day initial registration period that runs from January 4, 2017, through July 3, 2017. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 180-day initial registration period.

Go to the TPS Web Page for information about what you need to file to register.

Where to File

Send your TPS package by mail or courier to the appropriate address in the table below:


If you would like to send your application by:

Then, mail your application to:

U.S. Postal Service

Attn: TPS Yemen

P.O. Box 7555
Chicago, IL 60680

A non-U.S. Postal Service courier

Attn: TPS Yemen
131 S. Dearborn 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

USCIS has automatically extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) issued under the initial designation of TPS Yemen for an additional 6 months, through Sept. 3, 2017. If you are a TPS beneficiary under Yemen’s designation and your EAD is based on your TPS status with an original expiration date of March 3, 2017, your EAD is covered by this automatic extension and you may continue to work.

To prove that you are eligible to continue working legally, you may show the following documentation to your employer and government agencies:

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a March 3, 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 an EAD with the expiration date of March 31, 2018.

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions, go to the TPS page.

Note to All Employers

For general questions about the employment eligibility verification process, visit the I-9 Central Temporary Protected Status page or call USCIS at 888-464-4218 (TTY: 877-875-6028) or email USCIS at I-9Central@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 at 800-255-8155 (TTY: 800-237-2515), which offers language interpretation in many languages, or email IER at osccrt@usdoj.gov.

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).

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 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.


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