The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Afghanistan from May 20, 2022 through November 20, 2023. Afghan nationals, including individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Afghanistan, that presently reside in the United States may apply for TPS and work authorization in the form of an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
DHS reviewed the current conditions in Afghanistan and determined that 18 months of designated TPS status is warranted due to the ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions since the Taliban took over Kabul in August 2021.
As of May 20, 2022, citizens and nationals of Afghanistan are permitted to remain in the United States for a period of 18 months, even after their original immigration status expires or has already expired.
To qualify for TPS, applicants must have been continuously physically present In the United States since March 15, 2022 and must complete appropriate security and background checks prior to TPS approval. DHS predicts that approximately 72,500 individuals will be eligible to file TPS applications under the designation of Afghanistan.
For assistance in determining eligibility for TPS, contact your Foster immigration attorney. Foster continues to follow developments impacting immigration benefits and will provide additional information as it becomes available via future Immigration Updates©, and on our firm’s website at www.fosterglobal.com.