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New Executive Order Provides Temporary Protected Status to Venezuelans

On Monday, March 8, 2021, the White House announced that Venezuelans who are currently present in the United States will be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This Executive Order will allow tens of thousands of Venezuelans to legally remain in the United States on a temporary basis.

In recent years, it’s estimated that 4 million Venezuelans have fled their country due to extreme poverty, hunger, disease, and the repression of President Nicolas Maduro. More than 800,000 of these individuals have sought asylum in other countries and Venezuela has become the top country of origin for asylum seekers in the United States.

If you or a loved one is eligible for TPS status through this Executive Order and would like assistance applying, the team at Zohar Law PLLC in NYC can help. Reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation consultation.

A Move in a Positive Direction With the Biden Administration

During the Trump Administration, more than half of all Venezuelans who claimed asylum had their applications denied. And, according to an article from the L.A. Times, the Trump Administration was also responsible for secretly deporting Venezuelans from the United States by removing them through third countries.

With this Executive Order, the Biden Administration is attempting to take a stance and present themselves and America as a country that provides asylum to those who are escaping persecution in their own countries.

What This Executive Order Means

The Executive Order signed by President Biden is a decree that will allow tens of thousands of Venezuelans who fled their country due to fear of violence, poverty, and persecution to remain in the United States for the next 18 months legally.

A similar House-passed measure was presented in 2019, and was blocked by Republican senators. Keeping this in mind, the decree was passed by way of an Executive Order, so it will not need to go through the senate or house.

With this order, any Venezuelans who were physically present in the United States as of Monday, March 9, 2021, have the next 180 days to apply for TPS, as well as provide proof of their residence and pay the required fees.

What’s Next for Venezuelan Asylum Seekers

TPS is a temporary fix to a problem that requires a permanent solution. The dire conditions in Venezuela are accredited to their current president, President Maduro, and his administration. The conditions in Venezuela will not improve until the core of the problem is addressed.

As of now, the Biden Administration has not announced a plan for a long-term solution, although that does not mean that one isn’t yet in the works. Providing Venezuelan nationals with TPS will allow them to remain safely in the United States rather than deporting them to a land ravaged with violence and poverty, but a larger-scale plan is needed to find a permanent fix.

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Zohar Law – The Immigration Law Team You Can Trust

If you or a loved one is in need of assistance applying for TPS status or with any other immigration law case, the team at Zohar Law in Manhattan is here to help. We have extensive experience in handling both simple and complex immigration cases. We also speak English, Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew, so no matter your first language, we can provide you with the legal representation that you need.

Contact our NYC immigration law firm today and we’ll provide you with a no-cost consultation. During this consultation, we’ll discuss your case and how we can help so that you can make an informed decision about how you would like to move forward. Contact us today to get started.