USCIS announced that certain TPS applicants can now file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, online.
- TPS applicants submitting an initial registration application can apply for TPS online if they are eligible citizens of Burma, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, or Yemen or non-nationals who last habitually resided in one of those countries.
- Applicants can submit Form I-821 as a stand-alone form or at the same time as Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. These applications will be the first forms available for simultaneous online submission.
- To file Form I-821 online, eligible TPS applicants must first visit my.uscis.gov to create a USCIS account online.
- At this time, the option to file Form I-821 online is only available to initial TPS applicants from Burma, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. All other initial TPS applicants and current beneficiaries re-registering under the extension of a TPS designation for another country must continue to file a physical Form I-821. If an initial or re-enrolled applicant who is not eligible files Form I-821 online, risks getting their application rejected and loosing their payment.
- Applicants will be able to obtain a receipt or case number upon completion of their applications rather than waiting multiple weeks to receive one in the mail.
- By offering online filing of Form I-821, USCIS is making the application process more efficient, secure, and convenient for more applicants.
- Applicants who submit a paper Form I-821, or any other USCIS form, can still create an online account to track the status of their form throughout the adjudication process, even if they did not submit the form online.
Attorney Sandoval encourages all qualifying TPS applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible, as some registration periods are quickly coming to an end. For assistance with TPS applications, please contact our office at 954-306-6921 or submit your request here.