Earlier this year, the U.S. administration added Venezuela to the list of countries whose citizens can claim Temporary Protected Status (TPS).
The government estimates this could protect over 300,000 Venezuelans who are currently in the United States. If you are one of them, it will allow you peace of mind knowing that you have the right to stay in the country, at least for a while.
What is a Temporary Protected Status?
The U.S. Government uses TPS to provide security and certainty for people who have fled their country due to the situation there. The government reviews which countries it awards it to and can take countries off the list as well as add them.
The U.S. initially awards TPS for 18 months, although it can choose to extend it later. It will give you the right to apply for a work permit, allowing you to seek a job with a legitimate employer to sustain yourself. Above all it lifts the threat of deportation.
How do I apply for Temporary Protected Status?
To gain Temporary Protected Status, you need to apply to the immigration authorities. You can only do so if you are already in the country and you must pay a fee of around $500. The application can take time, and you must submit it before September 5 at the latest. It is best to seek legal help to complete your application as mistakes could lead the immigration authorities to reject it.
If you wish to stay in the U.S. long term, you can still apply for that via other means. Your TPS application will give you peace of mind in the meantime. Seek legal help to understand more about the immigration rules and regulations that may apply.