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Federal Register Notice for Somalia TPS published Aug. 27, 2018

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Key information:

  • Somalia received an 18-month extension of its Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, designation (from Sept. 18, 2018, to March 17, 2020). Learn more at the USCIS page.
  • To maintain TPS through the 18-month period, Somali TPS holders will need to re-register during the 60-day re-registration period, which runs from Aug. 27, 2018, through Oct. 26, 2018.
  • Current Somali TPS holders with EADs receive an automatic extension of their work authorization for 180 days through March 16, 2019. Somali TPS holders who have EADs with a March 17, 2017, expiration date who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period and have not yet received their new card are also covered by this 180-day automatic extension of work authorization, through March 16, 2019.
     

Procedures for re-registration:

  • The 60-day re-registration period for Somali TPS holders runs from Aug. 27, 2018, through Oct. 26, 2018. TPS holders are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the re-registration period.
  • To re-register, current TPS holders who do not have a pending application must submit the TPS application (Form I-821). TPS holders DO NOT need to pay a filing fee with Form I-821.
  • Although TPS holders do not need to pay a filing fee for Form I-821, TPS holders over age 14 must submit a biometrics service fee, which is $85. Individuals unable to pay the biometrics fee may submit a request for a fee waiver (Form I-912). More information on fee waivers can be found here: www.uscis.gov/i-912
  • Exception to re-registration: Somali TPS holders who submitted an application during the previous re-registration period that was still pending as of August 27, 2018 (the publication date of the Federal Register Notice) do not need to file again. If the pending TPS application is approved, TPS will be granted through March 17, 2020. 

 

Work authorization:

  • For current Somali TPS holders, EADs with an expiration date of Sept. 17, 2018, are automatically extended for 180 days through March 16, 2019.
  • Additionally, Somali TPS holders with an EAD with a March 17, 2017, expiration date who applied for an EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received it are covered by the 180-day automatic extension of work authorization, through March 16, 2019.
  • Somali TPS holders who do not have an application pending from the previous re-registration period and who wish to receive work authorization through the entire TPS designation period (through March 17, 2020), must file an Employment Authorization Form (I-765) and pay the $410 fee and the biometrics service fee, which is $85 (or request a fee waiver). More information on fee waivers can be found here: www.uscis.gov/i-912
  • Somali TPS holders who submitted a TPS application (Form I-821) and work authorization application (Form I-765) still pending as of August 27, 2018 (the publication date of the Federal Register Notice) do not need to file either application again. If the pending TPS application is approved, the individual will be granted TPS and work authorization through March 17, 2020.
  • Somali TPS holders who do not have pending applications from the last re-registration period and are seeking work authorization through March 17, 2020, are encouraged to submit Form I-765 when they submit Form I-821 and biometrics fee during the 60-day re-registration period.
  • Somali TPS holders may file for work authorization through March 17, 2020, at a later time (after the 60-day re-registration period closes on October 26, 2018) but risk having gaps in employment authorization.

 

Avoiding legal services fraud:

  • TPS holders should seek qualified legal assistance regarding re-registration and beware of fraud. More information about avoiding legal services scams is available here: cliniclegal.org/notario
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