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USCIS Extends TPS for Somalia


On January 17, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) extended temporary protected status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Somalia for an additional 18 months, effective March 18, 2017, through September 17, 2018. Current Somalian TPS beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that began January 17, 2017, and runs through March 20, 2017. USCIS said it encouraged beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period began.

The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD). Eligible TPS Somalia beneficiaries who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of September 17, 2018. USCIS said it recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current work permits expire. Therefore, USCIS automatically extended the validity of current TPS Somalia EADs with an expiration date of March 17, 2017, for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through September 17, 2017.

It is unclear what effect, if any, the new Trump administration will have on this extension or other TPS issues.

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