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Key Points

  • DHS is opening registration for Temporary Protected Status to Burmese nationals
  • Burmese nationals may apply for 180 days from May 25, 2021 through November 25, 2022
  • Applicants must meet certain qualifying criteria to apply, including a physical presence in the US
  • Applicants may be eligible to apply for travel authorization and EADs


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that it will allow Burmese nationals to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The rule, which was published in the Federal Register, extends TPS to Burmese nationals for 18 months.

What Should Employers and Applicants Know?

Starting on May 25, 2021, Burmese nationals will be able to apply for TPS if they have been continuously living in the US since March 11, 2021, and they are present in the country on March 25, 2021.

Burmese nationals must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, to apply for TPS. They may also be able to apply for travel authorization and TPS Employment Authorization Documents (EADs). Applicants must also meet other TPS eligibility requirements.

Looking Ahead

Registration will remain open through November 25, 2022.

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