On June 19, 2021, The Department of Homeland Security announced the extension and redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023.
The extension of TPS for Somalia allows approximately 447 current beneficiaries to retain TPS through March 17, 2023, so long as they meet TPS eligibility requirements. The redesignation of Somalia for TPS allows an estimated 100 additional Somali nationals (or individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) who have been continuously residing in the United States since July 19, 2021 and continuously physically present in the United States since Sept. 18, 2021, to file initial applications to obtain TPS, if they are otherwise eligible.
Somalia’s 18-month designation will go into effect on Sept. 18, 2021. A Federal Register notice explains the procedures necessary to re-register or submit an initial registration application under the designation and apply for an Employment Authorization Document.