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.