The Department of Homeland Security announced that qualified Yemenis can reregister for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from March 2 through May 1, 2020. As announced previously, TPS for citizens of Yemen is being extended from March 4, 2020 through September 3, 2021.
Work permits for most Yemenis who currently have TPS or have prior reregistration applications pending are automatically extended through August 30, 2020 as long as reregistration is completed by May 1st. Employers and TPS re-registrants can find more information about automatic employment authorization extensions on the USCIS Yemen TPS page. Automatic extensions are necessary because of USCIS delays in processing TPS work permit applications. Once granted, Yemeni TPS work permits will be valid through September 3, 2021.
TPS is offered when the U.S. government determines that civil conflict or natural disaster has created conditions making it inadvisable for citizens of the designated countries who are already in the U.S. at the moment of the TPS designation to return to their home countries. Individuals with TPS are allowed to stay and work in the U.S. legally during the TPS period. Yemen was first designated for TPS in 2015, and was re-designated in 2017.