Biden Administration Grants Venezuelans Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
The Biden Administration announced on Monday a decree to grant Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to nearly 320,000 Venezuelans already in the United States.
This measure will take effect as soon as Tuesday, March 9, White House officials announced.
This move seeks to allow Venezuelans who fled their country to remain in the United States legally for at least 18 months.
The Process and Costs of TPS
Venezuelans eligible for TPS must demonstrate “continuous residency” in the US as of March 8, 2021. They must present rental documents or home ownership. As well as utility bills or school enrollment records.
Applicants must also pass a criminal background check and pay $545 in fees. That payment includes $50 for case processing, $85 for biometric data, and $410 for a work permit.
Applications must be submitted within 180 days.
Stagnant Immigration Reform
Meanwhile, the immigration reform promised by the president, Joe Biden, will remain gridlocked in the House of Representatives at least until April because of the lack of necessary support, even though Democrats have a majority over Republicans (221 votes vs. 211).
However, two immigration measures will be voted on this month, within the Democrats strategy of sectioning off the reform to facilitate its approval, especially taking into account their majority in the Senate (by one vote).
The House of Representatives will vote on a bill to protect undocumented farmworkers and another to provide permanent residency to undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children, known as “dreamers,” as confirmed last week by the leader of the majority in the lower house, Steny Hoyer, a Democrat for Maryland.
* With information from Univision, Telemundo and EFE.