TPS re-registration for Venezuelans in the U.S.: Everything you need to know

TPS re-registration for Venezuelans in the U.S.: Everything you need to know

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program provides an opportunity for undocumented Venezuelan immigrants to remain in the United States.

However, it is important to note that beneficiaries of the program must re-register in order not to lose their right to remain in the country.

Who must re-register?

Undocumented Venezuelan immigrants who have been in the United States since March 8, 2021 or earlier under the TPS program must re-register as of January 10. This re-registration will allow them to receive relief from deportation for another 18 months, until July 10, 2025.

It is estimated that about 230,000 people will be beneficiaries of this program in March 2021.

Re-registration process

Re-registration period for Venezuelan TPS has a duration of 60 days, beginning on January 10 and ending on March 10. To carry out this process, program holders must complete Form I-821 and undergo a criminal background check.

It is important to note that those who have committed felonies or two misdemeanors while under the program may lose the right to remain and their renewal applications could be denied.

Work Permit Renewal

Work permits of Venezuelans under TPS were due to expire in March of this year. However, the government has extended the validity of these permits for 12 months, until March 10, 2025. It is crucial to note that even though the work permits are valid until that date, you need to renew your TPS and choose whether or not to renew your work permit.

My advice as an immigration attorney is to renew the work permit, as the original is only valid until March 2025. By renewing the permit, you are guaranteed a new work card valid until July 2025.

Many immigrants make the mistake of not renewing their work permit and are left without employment authorization, even though they are protected from deportation for another six months.

Beware of Background Checks and Misdemeanors

It is important to note that immigrants who have committed felonies or two misdemeanors while under the TPS program may lose their right to stay.

In the case of those who have committed misdemeanors of domestic violence or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, it is recommended that an attorney be consulted immediately before contacting USCIS.

It is critical to note that the term “driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol” includes all state and federal DUI offenses, which also includes “driving while intoxicated”. Therefore, it is crucial to consider the background history before starting the re-registration process.

Beware of scams

During the re-registration process, it is important to be alert to potential scams. Some unauthorized individuals may try to take advantage of immigrants by telling them that they can file TPS forms in exchange for payment. It is essential to remember that only attorneys or accredited representatives working for organizations recognized by the Department of Justice are authorized to provide legal advice on immigration matters.

When in doubt or in need of legal advice, be sure to contact an accredited attorney or representative to avoid falling for scams that could not only take money from you, but also put you at risk of staying in the United States and receiving a deportation order.

Conclusions

Re-registration for TPS for Venezuelans in the United States is an essential process to maintain the right to remain in the country. It is essential to complete the re-registration form and undergo a criminal background check.

In addition, it is recommended to renew the work permit to maintain current employment authorization.

It is crucial to be cautious of any background checks and misdemeanors that may affect the re-registration process. Finally, it is important to be alert to possible scams and seek legal advice from authorized sources.

Remember that complying with the requirements and following the proper steps is critical to ensure your continued protection from deportation and your rights to remain in the United States. If you have any questions or need more information, do not hesitate to contact an immigration attorney specialized in the TPS program for Venezuelans.