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Afghans in US to Get Protected Status and Work Authorization

May 19, 2022, 1:49 PM

Afghans fleeing violence in their country after the withdrawal of US forces last year will be able to seek temporary protected status beginning Friday.

The Department of Homeland Security previously announced that Afghans residing in the US since March 15, 2022 would be eligible to seek TPS protection, which offers eligibility to remain in the country for 18 months as well as work authorization.

About 72,500 Afghans will be eligible for TPS under the designation, which is set to be published in the Federal Register Friday.

DHS also has announced TPS designations this year for Ukrainians and Cameroonians in the US. Immigrant advocates have called on the agency to further expand use of the program and called for a review of the TPS decision-making process.

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