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DHS Announces Temporary Protected Status Designation for Yemen

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision on September 3, 2015, 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 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.

We urge Yemen immigrants who have been in the United States since September 3, 2015, to consult with an immigration lawyer immediately regarding their possible eligibility for the TPS program.

Please contact our experienced immigration attorney Amanda Bahena by calling our Sioux Center office at (712) 722-5300.

September 11, 2015