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Extension/Redesignation of Burma (Myanmar) for TPS

DHS announced the extension and redesignation of Burma (Myanmar) for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. This is due to the extraordinary and temporary conditions of Burma that prevent individuals from safely returning to the country.

What is TPS?

TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of a designated foreign state. USCIS also grants TPS to eligible individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated foreign state.

During the TPS designation period, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain in the United States, may not be removed, and may obtain work authorization (EADs) if they continue to meet the TPS’ requirements. TPS beneficiaries may also apply for and obtain travel authorization based on DHS’ discretion.

Extension of Designation of Burma for TPS

The extension of designation of Burma for TPS begins on May 26, 2024, and ends on November 25, 2025. The extension allows existing TPS beneficiaries to retain TPS through November 25, 2025. To retain TPS, they must continue to meet the eligibility requirements for TPS.

Existing beneficiaries who wish to extend their status through November 25, 2025, must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period. This re-registration period begins on March 25, 2024, and ends on May 24, 2024. If existing beneficiaries do not re-register properly within the re-registration period, USCIS may withdraw their TPS following appropriate procedures.

Existing beneficiaries who re-register may also apply to renew their EADs. Those who want to obtain EADs must file a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and pay the Form I-765 fee. If eligible, those beneficiaries may also request a fee waiver by filing a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver.

USCIS will issue new EADs with a November 25, 2025, expiration date to eligible TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs. For beneficiaries who do not receive a new EAD before their current EAD expires, DHS also automatically extends through May 25, 2025, the validity of certain EADs previously issued under the TPS designation of Burma.

Redesignation of Burma for TPS

In addition to the extension of the existing designation of TPS, DHS also redesignated Burma for TPS for 18 months. The 18-month TPS redesignation of Burma begins on May 26, 2024, and ends on November 25, 2025. Eligible individuals who do not currently have TPS may submit a Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status during the initial registration period, which begins on March 25, 2024, and ends on November 25, 2025.

This redesignation allows additional nationals of Burma (and individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Burma) to apply for TPS for the first time if they satisfy the following conditions:

  • Have been continuously residing in the United States since March 21, 2024;
  • Have been continuously physically present in the United States since May 26, 2024; and
  • Meet other eligible criteria.

Such individuals may also apply for EADs by submitting a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization and paying the Form I-765 fee. If eligible, those beneficiaries may also request a fee waiver by filing a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver.

Do I Need to File TPS/Work Authorization Application Again If I Already Filed Them under the Original TPS Designation?

DHS states that USCIS will continue to process pending applications filed under the previous TPS designation for Burma. Accordingly, individuals who have a pending Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status or a related Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, as of March 25, 2024, do not need to refile either application. If USCIS approves the TPS application, USCIS will grant the individual TPS through November 25, 2025. If USCIS also approves the Form I-765 application, USCIS will issue an EAD valid through November 25, 2025, as well.

DHS states that, under Burma’s existing TPS designation, there are currently approximately 2,300 TPS beneficiaries. DHS estimates that, under the TPS redesignation of Burma, approximately 7,300 individuals may become newly eligible for TPS.

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