Arlington, Va. — The Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc. (ECDC) welcomes the commencement yesterday of the registration process of Ethiopians wishing to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) following the posting of a Federal Register notice by USCIS. This document provides information about registering for TPS under Ethiopia’s designation.
All individuals who want to request TPS under the designation of Ethiopia must file an application through the registration process, which began yesterday, December 12, 2022.
According to the notice, to be eligible for TPS under Ethiopia’s designation, individuals must demonstrate their continuous residence in the United States since October. 20, 2022, and continuous physical presence in the United States since December 12, 2022.
The notice states that individuals arriving in the United States after October 20, 2022, are not eligible for TPS under this designation and may be subject to removal if they have no other authorization to be in the United States.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) estimates that about 26,700 individuals may be eligible for TPS under Ethiopia’s designation.
Individuals applying for TPS under Ethiopia’s designation must submit Form I-821: Application for Temporary Protected Status, during the 18-month initial registration period from Dec. 12, 2022, through June 12, 2024. Ethiopia TPS applicants are eligible to file Form I-821 online. When filing a TPS application, applicants can also request an Employment Authorization Document by submitting a completed Form I-765: Application for Employment Authorization, with their Form I-821. Applicants may also submit Form I-765 online.
ECDC is pleased to announce that it will assist Ethiopians who wish to register. Our branch offices in Arlington (VA) and Silver Spring (MD), Denver (CO), and Las Vegas (NV), where there are higher concentrations of Ethiopians, as well as our branch offices in Wausau (WI) and Brattleboro (VT) will provide this service. For more information, those wanting to apply should contact legal/immigration service providers near them.
For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov.