TPS FOR SOMALIA HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR 18 MONTHS

On July 19, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen has announced her determination that an

extension of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Somalia is warranted

pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. After carefully reviewing conditions in

Somalia with interagency partners, Secretary Nielsen determined the ongoing armed conflict

and extraordinary and temporary conditions that support Somalia’s current designation for

TPS continue to exist. Therefore, pursuant to the statute, she has extended Somalia’s TPS

designation for 18 months.

Individuals from Somalia with TPS will be eligible to re-register for an extension of their status

for 18 months, through March 17, 2020. Prior to the conclusion of the 18-month extension, the

Secretary will review conditions in Somalia to determine whether its TPS designation should

be extended again or terminated.

 

The decision to extend TPS for Somalia was made after a review of the conditions upon which

the country’s designation is based. Following careful consideration of available information,

including recommendations received as part of an inter-agency consultation process, the

Secretary determined that the conditions supporting Somalia’s designation for TPS continue

to exist. Thus, under the applicable statute, the current TPS designation must be extended.

There are approximately 500 Somali TPS beneficiaries. This 18-month extension of Somalia’s

designation for TPS permits current Somali TPS beneficiaries to re-register for TPS and remain

in the United States with work authorization through March 17, 2020. To be eligible for TPS

under Somalia’s current designation, along with meeting the other eligibility requirements, 

individuals must have continuously resided in the United States since May 1, 2012, and have

been continuously physically present in the United States since September 18, 2012.

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