Temporary Protected Status Extended for Guinea, Liberia & Sierra Leone
Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) has been extended for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone for an additional 6 months due to the lingering effects of the Ebola disease outbreak and continued recovery challenges. The extension is effective May 22, 2016 through November 21, 2016. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone were initially designated for TPS after the Ebola disease outbreak last year. The Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies have determined that the current conditions in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone have not so drastically improved as to remove the TPS designation.
Current Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone TPS beneficiaries who wish to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60 day period that runs from March 22, 2016 until May 23, 2016. USCIS encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible. This extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document which will have an expiration date of November 21, 2016.
To re-register, applicable beneficiaries must submit:
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status;
- The biometric service fee (or a fee waiver) if 14 years old or older;
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
All forms can be downloaded from the USCIS website at http://www.uscis.gov/forms . Or by calling USCIS toll-free at 1-800-870-3676.