U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has set Friday, July 31, 2015, as the deadline for current Somalia Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries to re-register for the 18-month extension of TPS that runs from September 18, 2015, through March 17, 2017.
The USCIS said in a statement that “the law requires USCIS to withdraw TPS for failure to re-register without good cause. Therefore, if you fail to re-register by this deadline, you may lose your TPS and your work authorization.”
The statement added that “eligible Somalia TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the registration period and request employment authorization will receive a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) with an expiration date of March 17, 2017.
It advised those affected to provide “Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (as a re-registrant, you do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee);
* The biometrics services fee (or a fee-waiver request) if you are 14 years old or older.
* Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of whether you want an EAD.
*The Form I-765 application fee or a fee-waiver request, but only if you want an EAD. If you do not want an EAD, no application fee is required.”
According to the statement applicant may request that USCIS waive the Form I-765 application fee or biometrics fee based on an inability to pay, adding that “to do so, you must file Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or submit a written request. You must also send in supporting documentation with your fee-waiver request. USCIS will reject the TPS application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee-waiver request.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) if conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, if the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.