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U.S. Extends TPS for Venezuelans for 18 Months

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The United States announced on Monday that it is extending by 18 months the immigration permit known as Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that allows thousands of Venezuelans to work and reside legally in the United States.

This TPS for Venezuelans was to expire next September 9. This extension, effective one day later, will remain in effect until March 10, 2024, the Department of Homeland Security indicated in a statement.

Congress created this permit in 1990 to protect migrants and refugees whose lives could be endangered if forced to return to their countries of origin.

The United States approved TPS for Venezuelans in March 2021 so that since then, Venezuelans who were already living in the country irregularly could access work permits.

The Department of Homeland Security noted on Monday that Venezuelans who arrived in the country after March 8, 2021, cannot benefit from this status, to which some 343,000 people can aspire under the current conditions.

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