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All TPS Applicants May Now File Forms I-821 & I-765 Online


As of November 29, 2021, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that all Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants under one of the current designations may file Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) and Form I-765 (Application for Employment Authorization) online. 

Currently designated countries for TPS include the following: 

  • Burma (Myanmar) 

  • El Salvador 

  • Haiti 

  • Honduras 

  • Nepal 

  • Nicaragua 

  • Somalia 

  • South Sudan 

  • Sudan 

  • Syria 

  • Venezuela 

  • Yemen 

The agency says offering first-time TPS applicants and re-registering TPS beneficiaries the ability to file their forms online makes the process more convenient, efficient, and secure. Previously, only initial TPS applicants from specific countries have the option to file Form I-821 online. 

To file I-821 online, qualifying TPS applicants must visit the agency’s myUSCIS page and either create or log into their account. The account is absolutely free and offers a wide range of features, such as the ability to communicate with USCIS agents through a secure inbox. 

Applicants can either submit a completed Form I-765 along with Form I-821 or submit Form I-765 separately later in order to request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). However, filing both forms at the same time may help applicants obtain their EAD faster. 

If a TPS applicant files a paper Form I-821 and/or I-765, they can track the status of their applications throughout the adjudication process by creating an online account. For details on how to link your cases to your online account, you can reference the Account Access Notice that USCIS mailed to you. 

If you are interested in obtaining or re-registering for TPS status in Phoenix, AZ, call Kanu & Associates, P.C. at (602) 353-7795 or fill out our online contact form today to request a case evaluation. Get an immigration attorney with more than 20 years of legal experience on your side!