USCIS Extends and Redesignates Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopians

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The US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced the extension and reregistration of Temporary Protected Status for Ethiopians through December 12, 2025. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the extension and redesignation period.

As many as 2,300 beneficiaries may be eligible to re-register. Additionally, 12,800 Ethiopian immigrants who arrive in the United States before April 11, 2024, may file initial applications for TPS.

If you already have TPS, you must re-register by June 14, 2024. Failing to re-register may jeopardize your status.

How To Renew TPS Status for Ethiopians

You may register for TPS as a first-time applicant, or you may renew your status.

First-time applicants

First-time Ethiopian TPS applicants present in the United States who meet the qualifications may submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Filing dates are from April 15, 2024, to December 12, 2025.

Applicants may also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at the same time or later. Once you are granted TPS, you may also qualify to apply for advance parole travel authorization. However, you should discuss the risks with an immigration attorney before doing so. To qualify for initial TPS, an applicant must demonstrate continuous residence from April 11, 2024, and physical presence in the United States from June 13, 2024.

Current beneficiary

If you previously received an Ethiopia TPS designation, you must re-register. Current beneficiaries must re-register by June 14, 2024.

Previously issued Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) are automatically extended to June 12, 2025.

What Happens If You Do Not Pre-Register?

USCIS may withdraw your protected status for reasons stated in 8 CFR § 244.14. If you have received a notice from USCIS or AAO regarding the withdrawal of your TPS, please contact an immigration attorney.

Pending applications

USCIS will continue to process Ethiopian TPS applications that are pending under the previous designation. If approved, status will be granted through December 12, 2025.


F-1 non-immigrant students may request Special Student Relief with work authorization. They may increase their working hours during school terms and reduce their course load with F-1 status in the TPS period.

Contact a Lawyer for TPS Cases

Getachew & Ansari Immigration Attorneys, P.C. is an immigration law firm in San Jose, California. We help Ethiopians in the Bay Area with Temporary Protected Status, including initial applications and re-registrations.

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