On Thursday, September 20, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that they were extending the designation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the country of Venezuela for 18 months, beginning on March 11, 2024 and ending on September 10, 2025! Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “That is the situation that Venezuelans who arrived here on or before July 31 of this year find themselves in. We are accordingly granting them the protection that the law provides. However, it is critical that Venezuelans understand that those who have arrived here after July 31, 2023 are not eligible for such protection, and instead will be removed when they are found to not have a legal basis to stay.”
For further details please review the DHS News Release, “Secretary Mayorkas Announces Extension and Redesignation of Venezuela for Temporary Protected Status“
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.
Source of Information:
DHS (DHS.gov), 9/21/23, News Release:
DHS (DHS.gov), 9/29/23, News Release:
USCIS (USCIS.gov), 9/29/23, News Release:
USCIS (USCIS.gov), 9/25/23, Web Page: