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Temporary Protected Status Extended to Burma

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The Department of Homeland Security has announced on May 25, 2021 that temporary protected status (TPS) has been extended to Burma (Myanmar) nationals. This designation will initially run from May 25, 2021 to November 25, 2022. This designation will permit eligible Burmese nationals and those who last habitually resided in Burma to file for TPS status and for related employment authorization documents (EADs) and travel permission. Burmese nationals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the United States since March 11, 2021, and who have been continuously physically present in the United States since May 25, 2021, are eligible for TPS under Burma’s new designation.

TPS is granted to certain groups of people in the wake of natural disasters, wars, outbreaks of disease, and other catastrophes that would make it difficult for them to return safely to their home countries. Government officials periodically review the program to decide whether to extend it, and most groups have received regular extensions in the past.

According to DHS, the designation is due to the severe political unrest, increase in human rights violations and growing humanitarian crisis following a February 2021 military coup over the country’s democratically elected government. To learn more about TPS, please click here.

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