From USCIS: Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the ongoing armed conflict within the country. Yemen is experiencing widespread conflict and a resulting severe humanitarian emergency, and requiring Yemeni nationals in the United States to return to Yemen would pose a serious threat to their personal safety.
As a result of Yemen’s designation for TPS, eligible
nationals of Yemen residing in the United States may apply for TPS with
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The Federal Register notice posted today provides details and procedures for applying for TPS.
TPS designation for Yemen is effective September 3, 2015, and will be
in effect through March 3, 2017. The designation means that, during the
designated period, eligible nationals of Yemen (and people without
nationality who last habitually resided in Yemen) who are approved for
TPS will not be removed from the United States and may receive an
Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The 180-day TPS registration
period begins today and runs through March 1, 2016.
To be eligible
for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility
criteria, including that they have been both “continuously physically
present” and “continuously residing” in the United States since
September 3, 2015. Applicants also undergo thorough security checks.
Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to
national security are not eligible for TPS. The eligibility requirements
are fully described in the Federal Register notices and on the TPS Web page at www.uscis.gov/tps.
Applicants may request that USCIS waive any or all TPS-related fees based on inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver,
or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be
accompanied by supporting documentation.
USCIS will reject any TPS
application that does not include the required filing fee or a properly
documented fee-waiver request. All USCIS forms are free. Applicants can
download these forms from the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/forms or request them by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.
Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual cases can check My Case Status Online or call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833) at no cost.