TPS for Venezuelans – Biden Awards Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans
On Monday, March 8, 2021, the Secretary of DHS (Department of Homeland Security), Alejandro Mayorkas, announced that Venezuelan migrants who meet certain mandatory requirements may apply for TPS (Temporary Protected Status) in the US, which is a deportation relief program for nationals of certain countries experiencing unsafe conditions such as ongoing armed conflict, civil war, natural disasters, epidemics, inter alia.
The DHS, more precisely the DHS Secretary, is the person in charge of choosing TPS beneficiary countries. It is important to clarify that TPS holders are usually immigrants residing in the US undocumented and once they are granted TPS, they can also apply for an EAD (Employment Authorization Document) and access other social benefits.
Mayorkas issued a decree allowing certain Venezuelan citizens to apply for this immigration benefit because the South American country is going through precarious conditions under Nicolás Maduro’s regime. In fact, a Biden administration official stated, “This designation is due to the extraordinary and temporary conditions in Venezuela that prevent the nationals who are here from returning safely (…) This is a complex humanitarian crisis.”
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Thousands of Venezuelans will be able to access this immigration benefit
This humanitarian program would benefit approximately 320,000 eligible Venezuelan citizens, who have resided in the US without legal documentation as of Monday.
This news is truly positive for thousands of Venezuelan nationals who currently reside in the US and had to flee their country to protect their lives and seek new opportunities to build a promising future.
Adding to that, former President Trump waited until last day in office to grant DED (Deferred Enforced Departure) to certain Venezuelan citizens, which is a program similar to TPS, but the latter offers more stability for eligible immigrants, according to several members of the Senate.
Therefore, after four years in which the Trump administration narrowed alternatives available to undocumented immigrants, and foreigners in general, this news opens a door of hope for Venezuelan citizens.
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