WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security today published a Federal Register
notice extending and redesignating Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18
months, from March 18, 2023, through September 17, 2024. The notice provides information
about how to register for TPS under Somalia’s redesignation. On Jan. 12, Secretary of Homeland
Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the 18-month extension and redesignation of
Somalia for TPS.
The registration process begins on March 13. All individuals who want to request TPS under
Somalia’s designation must apply.
The extension of TPS for Somalia allows approximately 430 current beneficiaries to retain TPS
through Sept. 17, 2024, if they re-register and continue to meet TPS eligibility requirements. The
redesignation of Somalia for TPS allows an estimated 2,200 additional Somali nationals (or
individuals having no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) who have been
continuously residing in the United States since Jan. 11, 2023, and continuously physically
present in the United States since March 18, 2023, to file initial applications to obtain TPS, if
they are otherwise eligible.
Re-registration is limited to individuals who previously registered for and were granted TPS
under Somalia’s prior designation. Current beneficiaries under TPS for Somalia must re-register
in a timely manner during the 60-day re-registration period from March 13, 2023, through May
9, 2023, to ensure they keep their TPS and work authorization. DHS recognizes that not all re-
registrants may receive a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) before their current
EAD expires and is automatically extending through March 17, 2024, the validity of certain
EADs previously issued under Somalia’s TPS designation.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to process pending applications filed
under Somalia’s previous TPS designation. Individuals with a pending Form I-821, Application
for Temporary Protected Status, or a related Form I-765, Application for Employment
Authorization, as of March 13, 2023, do not need to file either application again. If USCIS
approves a pending Form I-821 or Form I-765 filed under the previous designation of TPS for
Somalia, USCIS will grant the individual TPS through Sept. 17, 2024, and issue an EAD valid
through the same date.
Under the redesignation of Somalia, eligible individuals who do not have TPS may submit an
initial Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the initial registration
period that runs from March 13, 2023, through Sept. 17, 2024. Applicants may also apply for
TPS-related EADs and for travel authorization. Applicants can request an EAD by submitting a
completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, with their Form I-821, or
The Federal Register notice explains the eligibility criteria, timelines, and procedures necessary
for current beneficiaries to re-register and renew EADs, and for new applicants to submit an
initial application under the redesignation and apply for an EAD.