Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of temporary immigration relief available to people from specific countries designated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). TPS designations may result from civil war, natural disaster, or other conditions that make the return of nationals unreasonable. An individual with TPS is protected from removal, is eligible for work authorization, and may request permission to travel abroad under Advance Parole.
Venezuelan nationals are also eligible for Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Venezuela, which was announced in January. DED is not an immigration benefit but instead a stay of removal that prevents the removal of certain nationals of designated countries and can provide work authorization. DED was authorized for Venezuela on January 19, 2021 and an official announcement and guidance was provided on March 9, 2021.
Many Venezuelan nationals may be eligible or both TPS and DED. However, it is important to note that TPS is a greater form of protection than DED, as it provides a legal status and is supported by a statute, regulation and caselaw.
TPS for Venezuela provides an important opportunity for many people to gain protection. However, we invite you to think strategically about your options and goals and to consider longer- term opportunities and benefits.
For further information, contact us at 954-843-3494.