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Yemen is Designated for Temporary Protected Status

According to the Council on Foreign Relations, Yemen is experiencing its biggest crisis in decades with its government being overthrown by the Houthis, which is a Zaydi Shia movement that is backed by Iran.

After the Houthis captured the capital of Sana’a and travelled south toward the Gulf of Aden earlier this year, an air campaign was launched by a Saudi-led coalition to reinstate Yemen’s government. In the midst of all the fighting, al-Qaeda’s Arabian Peninsula franchise has continued to capture new territory.

In July 2015, the United Nations determined that the humanitarian emergency in Yemen was equally severe to those in Iraq, South Sudan, and Syria.

Yemen is Experiencing a Severe Humanitarian Emergency

On September 03, 2015, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced that he was designating Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the armed conflict in the country.

Since Yemen is experiencing a severe and widespread humanitarian emergency, requiring Yemeni nationals in the United States to return to their home country would pose a serious threat to their safety.

Now that Yemen has been designated for TPS, Yemeni nationals (who are eligible) may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The TPS designation for Yemeni nationals is effective from September 3, 2015 through March 2, 2017. For those who qualify, TPS means that they will not be removed from the United States and they may receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

The 180-day TPS registration period began on Sep. 3 and ends on March 1, 2016.

If you are interested in applying for TPS, contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm to schedule a consultation with an experienced Plano immigration lawyer. We would be glad to answer all of your questions and help streamline the application process for you.

Call today to find out how we can help you apply for TPS.