First, check if the re-registration window is currently open for TPS for your country by visiting USCIS’ TPS page here, and selecting your country from the left hand side of the page for guidance.
At this time, re-registration periods for all TPS countries have closed. However, if you have not re-registered and TPS is still active for your country, follow these steps to re-register:
- Find your previous registration or re-registration application and use it as a guide as you complete your new application. You can check to make sure that the information on your new application is consistent with the information you submitted in your previous application.
- Make sure to download the correct forms directly from USCIS. You can download them here. IMPORTANT: if a form is out of date or old, USCIS will not accept it and your application will be rejected.
You will need to download and complete the following forms. Make sure to read the list of requirements for each form on the USCIS page to ensure you are not leaving out any required supporting documents or materials:
- Form I-821: Application for Temporary Protected Status
- Form I-765: Application for Employment Authorization. Description: this is the application to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to work legally in the U.S., which is available to all individuals approved for TPS. Please note that this form must include two passport-sized photos with the applicant’s name, A-Number, and form number written on the back of each photo and paper clipped to the I-765 form.
- Form I-912: Request for Fee Waiver. Description: fee waivers are available to some individuals for certain immigration services and forms based on a demonstrated inability to pay (financial need).
- Form I-131: Application for Travel Document. Description: this is the application for something called advance parole, which enables the recipient to travel outside of the U.S. Please note that this form must include two passport-sized photos with the applicant’s name, A-Number, and form number written on the back of each photo and paper clipped to the I-131 form.
- Form I-601: Application for Waiver of Grounds of Inadmissibility. Description: When you apply, if you are aware that a relevant ground of inadmissibility applies to you and you need a waiver to obtain TPS, please fill out this form. However, once you have had a I-601 form approved by USCIS and received a waiver of inadmissibility, you do not need to file a new Form I-601 for any future TPS applications. USCIS may grant a waiver of certain inadmissibility grounds for humanitarian purposes, to assure family unity, or when it is in the public interest. Please note that this form must be submitted along with a $930 filing fee.
- A letter explaining in detail why you are filing late. The letter must show “good cause” for late filing – in other words, you must have a good reason. Reasons can include but are not limited to: an emergency situation that prevented you from filing on time, reasonable confusion caused by pending litigation, or confusion caused by DHS announcements of termination or extension of TPS for your country. Explain how these affected you, including how they impacted your ability to re-register on time.
*If you file your TPS re-registration application late, processing may be delayed and can lead to gaps in your work authorization.
3. Accurately fill out all forms. Remember to read all instructions on the forms thoroughly, and to double check your responses with the responses you included in your previous registration or re-registration application so that the information is consistent. It is recommended that you fill out the forms digitally to make sure all information is readable. If you are filling them out by hand, make sure you write clearly with a black pen.
4. Create a cover letter that includes a checklist of the items and documents in the submission to help the USCIS agent easily see what they are about to review.
5. Purchase your money order. You can purchase one at your local U.S. Post Office. USCIS does not accept cash. The money order must be made out to “U.S. Department of Homeland Security” (do not use abbreviations like “DHS”).
If the application is for someone 15 years or older, the money order should be for $495. This covers the Employment Authorization Application (Form I-765) filing fee ($410) and biometrics fee ($85). Applicants 14 years and younger do not need biometrics done, so their money order should be for just $410.
If you are also applying for a waiver of grounds of inadmissibility (form I-601), you must also include a money order for $930, the filing fee for that form.
6. Package and send your application. We recommend that your application packet be in the following order to make it easier for review:
- $495 Money Order ($410 for applicants 14 years and younger)
- Cover Letter
- Completed Form I-821
- Letter explaining your reason for a late re-registration
- Completed Form I-765.The form should include two passport size photographs. You can paper clip the photos to the correct form. Make sure to write the applicant’s name, Alien Registration Number (A-Number), and form number on the back of each photo.
- Other completed forms as relevant to your case (e.g. Form I-601, Form I-912, Form I-131)
- Copies of any supporting evidence: remember, more is more. Include as much documentation of your immigration history as possible.
- A copy of your last EAD (if possible, include copies of all EADs you have received over the years)
- Past TPS approval notices
- Evidence to prove your identity and nationality, such as passports and birth certificates
- Evidence to prove your date of entry into the United States
- Evidence to prove your residence in the United States
- Court disposition records (if you were ever arrested, charged, or convicted for a criminal offense)
- Other documentation of your immigration proceedings
Tip: Do not staple your application together. This makes it harder for the review process and your application could even be rejected by USCIS. Instead use paper clips.