TPS for Venezuela Extended for 18 Months; EADs Automatically Extended Through Sept. 9, 2023
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela for 18 months, from Sept. 10, 2022, through March 10, 2024.
Individuals with a pending or approved TPS application may qualify for certain public benefits and REAL ID driver's licenses and identification cards. When applying for a Federal, state, or local government benefit, individuals will need to show a document proving they applied for or are beneficiaries of TPS for Venezuela. They may provide a TPS-based Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with a category code of A12 or C19, or a copy of their Form I-797, Notice of Action, for a current Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status.
Given the time frames for processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued under the prior TPS designation for Venezuela through Sept. 9, 2023. TPS for Venezuela applicants or beneficiaries presenting an auto-extended EAD do not need to show any other document, such as a Form I-797, Notice of Action, to prove that they qualify for the EAD auto-extension.
SAVE will be able to verify an individual's TPS or pending TPS application (and any employment authorization, including any EAD auto-extension) using information from the documents noted above. In some instances, the benefit-granting agency may need to institute additional verification.
For more information regarding Venezuela's TPS designation and redesignation, please refer to 87 FR 55024, dated Sept. 8, 2022.
For up-to-date information, please check the USCIS TPS webpage or call the USCIS TPS Hotline at 202-272-1533. (Please note that this is not a toll-free number.)