Washington DC, 27 September 2022 (TDI): The Department of Homeland Security of the United States (US) announced the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Burma Nationals for an additional 18 months.

The extension is from November 26, 2022, to May 25, 2024, due to unusual and temporary conditions in Burma that prevent persons from returning safely.

Department of Homeland Security also announced the redesignation of Burma for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) making Burmese citizens and those without nationality who last resided in Burma eligible for TPS as of September 25, 2022.

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Remarks by Secretary of Homeland Security

Alejandro N. Mayorkas stated, “The people of Burma are continuing to suffer a complex and deteriorating humanitarian crisis due to the military coup and security forces’ brutal violence against civilians,”.

He further stated, “Under this extension and redesignation, Burmese nationals and habitual residents will be eligible to temporarily stay in the United States until conditions in the country improve and individuals can safely return.”

Impact of extension

The extension of TPS for Burma permits about 970 existing beneficiaries to continue receiving TPS through May 25, 2024, provided they continue to fulfill TPS eligibility standards.

It is expected that around 2,290 extra persons may qualify for TPS as a result of Burma’s redesignation.

This group consists of Burmese nationals (and those without nationality who last resided in Burma) having nonimmigrant or unlawful immigration status in the United States.

Department of Homeland Security of the US also acknowledged that not all re-registrants will acquire new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) before their present EADs expire on November 25, 2022.

Department is automatically extending the validity of EADs previously issued under the Burma TPS designation to November 25, 2023.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will continue to process pending TPS petitions.

Background of Conflict in Burma 

The military coup d’état of February 2021 in the country has resulted in ongoing violence and widespread human rights violations.

It includes arbitrary detentions and the use of lethal force against unarmed individuals, mass displacement of civilians, deteriorated humanitarian conditions, restricted access to shelter, food, water, and medical care, and sparked an economic crisis.