In a recent development the Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson decided to classify Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the progressing warfare within the country. The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to temporary conditions as civil war, an environmental disaster, or epidemic.
Yemen has been facing increasing violence resulting in an acute humanitarian situation. The Yemeni Civil War that began in 2015 is a continuous battle between two factions claiming to constitute the Yemeni government. Each Faction has its own supporters and allies. Violence has been escalating on daily basis in an extremely volatile part of the world, resulting in the death and injury of thousands of innocent victims. On the 2nd of September as the civil war rages in Yemen, Sanaa mosque blasts kill at least 20 civilians.
Therefore, asking Yemeni nationals in the United States to return to Yemen would endanger their personal safety. By virtue of Yemen’s designation for TPS, eligible nationals of Yemen residing in the United States can apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Starting September 3rd 2015 through March 3rd 2017 the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is in effect by which Yemeni nationals residing in the US will not be excised from the United States, may get an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) and may apply for travel authorization. The 180-day TPS registration period begins today and runs through March 1, 2016.
Eligibility requirements include the following:
• Applicants must be nationals to the country designated for TPS
• Applicants for TPS must demonstrate that they are both physically present and 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 • Applicants must apply during the registration period Continue reading