[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 144 (Thursday, July 27, 2006)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 06-6401]
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
[CIS No. 2388-06; USCIS-2006-0018]
Extension of the Designation of Temporary Protected Status for
Somalia; Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization Documentation
for Somalia TPS Beneficiaries
AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of
ACTION: Notice of extension of temporary protected status for Somalia.
SUMMARY: The designation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status
(TPS) will expire on September 17, 2006. This Notice informs the public
that the TPS designation for Somalia has been extended for 18 months,
until March 17, 2008, and sets forth procedures for nationals of
Somalia (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in
Somalia) with TPS to re-register and to apply for an extension of their
Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for the additional 18-month
period. Re-registration is limited to persons who have previously
registered for TPS under the designation of Somalia and whose
application was granted or remains pending. Certain nationals of
Somalia (or aliens having
no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) who have not
previously applied for TPS may be eligible to apply under the late
initial registration provisions.
Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registrants,
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that many re-
registrants may not receive a new EAD until after their current EAD
expires on September 17, 2006. Accordingly, this Notice automatically
extends the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of
Somalia for six months until March 17, 2007, and explains how TPS
beneficiaries and their employers may determine which EADs are
DATES: Effective Dates: The extension of Somalia's TPS designation is
effective September 17, 2006, and will remain in effect until March 17,
2008. The 60-day re-registration period begins July 27, 2006 and will
remain in effect until September 25, 2006.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Horner, Status and Family
Branch, Service Center Operations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue,
NW., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20529, telephone (202) 272-1505. This is
not a toll free number.
Abbreviations and Terms Used in This Document
Act--Immigration and Nationality Act.
ASC--USCIS Application Support Center.
DHS--Department of Homeland Security.
DOS--Department of State.
EAD--Employment Authorization Document.
Secretary--Secretary of Homeland Security.
TPS--Temporary Protected Status.
USCIS--U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
What Authority Does the Secretary of Homeland Security Have to Extend
the Designation of Somalia for TPS?
Under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), 8
U.S.C. 1254a, the Secretary of Homeland Security, after consultation
with appropriate agencies of the Government, is authorized to designate
a foreign state (or part thereof) for TPS. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1). The
Secretary may then grant TPS to eligible nationals of that foreign
state (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in
that state). 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1)(A).
At least 60 days before the expiration of the TPS designation, or
any extension thereof, the Secretary, after consultation with
appropriate agencies of the Government, must review the conditions in a
foreign state designated for TPS to determine whether the conditions
for a TPS designation continue to be met and, if so, the length of an
extension of the TPS designation. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). If the
Secretary determines that the foreign state no longer meets the
conditions for TPS designation, he must terminate the designation. 8
Why Did the Secretary of Homeland Security Decide to Extend the
Designation of Somalia for TPS?
On September 16, 1991, the Attorney General published a Notice in
the Federal Register designating Somalia for TPS due to extraordinary
and temporary conditions resulting from an ongoing armed conflict. 56
FR 46804. The Attorney General extended this TPS designation annually,
determining in each instance that the conditions warranting such
designation continued to be met. 57 FR 32232, 58 FR 48898, 59 FR 43359,
60 FR 39005, 61 FR 39472, 62 FR 41421, 63 FR 51602, 64 FR 49511, 65 FR
69789. On September 4, 2001, the Attorney General re-designated Somalia
based upon extraordinary and temporary conditions resulting from the
armed conflict and lack of functioning state institutions. 66 FR 46288.
Since that date, the Attorney General or Secretary of DHS has extended
Somalia's TPS designation annually, determining in each instance that
the conditions warranting such designation continued to be met. 67 FR
48950, 68 FR 43147, 69 FR 47937, 70 FR 43895. The most recent extension
became effective on September 17, 2005, and is due to expire at
midnight on September 17, 2006.
Since the date of the current extension, DHS and the Department of
State (DOS) have continued to review conditions in Somalia, which
remain dire. DOS submitted a memorandum (``DOS Recommendation'') to
USCIS recommending the extension of TPS for Somalia. Based on this
review, an 18-month extension of the TPS designation is warranted
because the armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions
that prompted designation persist. Further, it is not contrary to the
national interest of the United States to permit aliens who are
eligible for TPS to remain temporarily in the United States. 8 U.S.C.
Somalia has persisted in a state of chaos since the fall of the
Siad Barre regime in January 1991, characterized by the lack of central
government, a crippled economy, the absence of civil structures, and
the destruction of infrastructure (``DOS Recommendation''). Generalized
``insecurity'' persists in the form of banditry, kidnapping, looting,
revenge killings, targeted assassinations, and inter-clan fighting. Id.
The result has been population displacement, loss of livelihoods, food
``insecurity,'' and a total lack of government services. Id. The
current security situation generally prevents Somalis from repatriating
in safety. Id. Major regions of the country are under the control of
self-proclaimed ``governors,'' or warlords, in the absence of any rule
of law. Id. The capital, Mogadishu, has been divided into armed zones
controlled by a dozen factional leaders and two attempts were made
there on the life of the prime minister. (USCIS Office of Refugee,
Asylum and International Operations Report, June 21, 2006 (``ORAIO
Report'')). By mid-June 2006, Islamic Court militias assumed control of
Mogadishu and a swath of southern Somalia. Id. It is unclear how the
Islamic Court militias will work with the Transitional Government or
how the militias will respond to the positioning of Ethiopian troops
along its shared border. Id.
Although the signing of the Aden Declaration on January 5, 2006,
which culminated in the convening of 211 of the 275 members of
Parliament, improved the prospect for peace, the peace process remains
vulnerable. (DOS Recommendation). Problems that persist include a
violent political power struggle, extremist activity in Mogadishu, a
severe drought and famine, and violent clashes over scarce water, land,
and grazing rights. Id.
The United Nations (UN) Somalia country team, which consists of the
heads of the relevant UN humanitarian aid offices present in Somalia
and the surrounding region, reported that Somalia is plagued by extreme
levels of suffering. Id. Polio has reappeared and there are presently
more war-wounded people living in Somalia than in any other African
country. Id. The number of people directly affected by this
humanitarian emergency situation is 915,000. Id. The UN High
Commissioner for Refugees reported that there were 407,060 internally
displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, of which 250,000 are located in
the capital, Mogadishu. (ORAIO Report). Severe drought and localized
conflicts during 2005 necessitated urgent humanitarian assistance
during the first half of 2006 for an estimated additional 1.7 million
Somalis (out of a total population of 7 million). Id.
Based upon this review, the Secretary of Homeland Security, after
consultation with appropriate Government agencies, finds that the
conditions for designation of Somalia for TPS continue to be met. See 8
U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A) (describing procedures for periodic review of TPS
designations). There is an ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and
temporary conditions in Somalia that prevent aliens who are nationals
of Somalia (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided
in Somalia) from returning in safety. The Secretary also finds that
permitting these aliens who meet the TPS eligibility requirements to
remain temporarily in the United States is not contrary to the national
interest of the United States. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(A) (describing
ongoing armed conflict); 1254a(b)(1)(C) (describing extraordinary and
temporary terms of TPS). On the basis of these findings and
determinations, the Secretary will exercise his discretion to extend
the TPS designation of Somalia for an 18-month period. See 8 U.S.C.
1254a(b)(3)(C) (providing the Secretary of Homeland Security with
discretion to determine the length of an extension).
If I Currently Have Benefits Through the Designation of Somalia for TPS
and Would Like to Maintain Them, Do I Need to Re-Register for TPS?
Yes. If you already have received TPS benefits through the
designation of Somalia for TPS, your benefits will expire on September
17, 2006. All TPS beneficiaries must comply with the re-registration
requirements described below to maintain TPS benefits through March 17,
2008. TPS benefits include temporary protection against removal from
the United States, as well as employment authorization, during the TPS
designation period. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1), 1254a(f). Failure to re-
register without good cause will result in the withdrawal of your
temporary protected status and possibly your removal from the United
States. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(C). In addition, all EADs issued pursuant
to this designation will expire on September 17, 2006. TPS
beneficiaries who fail to re-register will not be issued a new EAD
valid through March 17, 2008.
If I Am Currently Registered for TPS or Have a Pending Application for
TPS, How Do I Re-Register to Renew My Benefits for the Duration of the
All persons previously granted TPS under the designation of Somalia
who would like to maintain such status and those whose applications
remain pending but who wish to renew their benefits, must re-register
by filing the following:
(1) Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, without
(2) Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (see the
chart below to determine whether you must submit the one hundred and
eighty dollar ($180) filing fee with Form I-765 (for which a fee waiver
may be requested));
(3) A biometric services fee of seventy dollars ($70) if you are 14
years of age or older, or if you are under 14 and requesting an EAD
extension. The biometric services fee will not be waived. 8 CFR
103.2(e)(4)(i), (iii); and
(4) A photocopy of the front and back of your EAD if you received
an EAD during the most recent registration period.
When filing Form I-821, it is important to place your Alien
Registration Number on your application. You may find your Alien
Registration Number, also known as ``A,'' listed below your
name on your EAD. In addition, please note that you do not need to
submit photographs with your TPS application because a photograph will
be taken, if needed, when you are requested to appear at an USCIS
Application Support Center (ASC) for collection of biometrics.
Aliens who have previously registered for TPS but whose
applications remain pending should follow these instructions if they
wish to renew their TPS benefits. All TPS re-registration applications
submitted without the required fees will be returned to the applicants.
What Edition of the Form I-821 Should be Submitted?
Form I-821 has been revised. Only Forms I-821 with revision dates
of November 5, 2004 or later will be accepted. The revision date can be
found on the bottom right corner of the form. Submissions of older
versions of Form I-821 will be rejected. You may obtain immigration
forms, free of charge, on the Internet at http://www.uscis.gov or by
calling the USCIS forms hotline at 1-800-870-3676.
Who Must Submit the $180 Filing Fee for the Form I-765, Application for
You are applying for an extension of You must complete and file the
your EAD valid until March 17, 2008. Form I-765, Application for
Employment Authorization, with
the $180 fee.
You are not applying for an extension You must complete and file Form
of your EAD. I-765 (for data-gathering
purposes only) with no fee.
You are applying for a TPS-related EAD You must complete and file Form
under the late initial registration I-765 (for data-gathering
provisions and are under age 14 or purposes only) with no fee.
over age 65.
You are applying for an extension of You must complete and file: 1)
your EAD and are requesting a fee Form I-765 and 2) a fee waiver
waiver. request and affidavit (and any
other supporting information)
in accordance with 8 CFR
Who Must Submit the $70 Biometric Services Fee?
The $70 biometric services fee must be submitted by all aliens 14
years of age and older who: (1) Have previously been granted TPS and
are now re-registering for TPS; (2) have an initial application for TPS
currently pending, have an EAD bearing the notification ``C-19'' on the
face of the card under ``Category'' and wish to renew temporary
treatment benefits; or (3) are applying for TPS under the late initial
registration provisions. In addition, any alien, including one who is
under the age of 14, choosing to apply for a new EAD or an extension of
an EAD must submit the $70 biometric services fee. This biometric
services fee will not be waived. 8 CFR 103.2(e)(4)(i), (iii).
When Should I Submit My Re-Registration Application for TPS?
Applications must be filed during the 60-day re-registration period
from July 27, 2006 until September 25, 2006. You are encouraged to file
the application as soon as possible after the start of the 60-day re-
Where Should I Submit My Re-Registration Application for TPS?
To facilitate efficient processing, USCIS has designated two post
office (P.O.) boxes with the Chicago Lockbox for the filing of TPS
applications. The type of TPS re-registration application you submit
will determine the P.O. Box where your application must be submitted.
Certain applications for TPS re-registration may also be electronically
filed or ``E-Filed'' as well. See below for further filing
instructions. Please note that applications should not be filed with a
USCIS Service Center or District Office. Failure to file your
application properly may result in the delay of the processing of your
Category 1: Applications for re-registration that do not require
the submission of additional documentation or a renewal of temporary
treatment benefits must either be E-Filed (see below) or filed at this
address: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, P.O. Box 6943,
Chicago, IL 60680-6943.
Or, for non-United States Postal Service (USPS) deliveries: U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Attn: TPS--Somalia, 427 S.
LaSalle--3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60605-1029.
E-Filing Your Application: If your application falls into Category
1 you are strongly encouraged to E-File your application. During the
re-registration period from July 27, 2006 to September 25, 2006, aliens
re-registering for TPS under this designation may file the Forms I-821
and I-765 and associated fees electronically by using E-Filing at the
USCIS Internet site, http://www.uscis.gov. In order to properly re-
register using E-Filing, aliens must begin the E-Filing process by
completing Form I-821 online. After the Form I-821 is completed, the
system will then automatically link the alien to Form I-765.
Aliens re-registering for TPS after September 25, 2006 and/or whose
application falls into Category 2 (explained below) may not E-File and
must send their application materials to the USCIS Chicago Lockbox at
the address listed below.
Category 2: Aliens who are filing a re-registration application
that requires the submission of additional documentation or who are
filing for TPS for the first time as a late initial registrant must
file at the P.O. Box listed below: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration
Services, P.O. Box 8677, Chicago, IL 60680-8677.
Or, for non-United States Postal Service (USPS) deliveries: U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services, Attn: TPS--Somalia--[EOIR/
Additional Documents] or [Late Initial Registrant], 427 S. LaSalle--3rd
Floor, Chicago, IL 60605-1029.
Note: Please make sure to use either EOIR/Additional Documents
or Late Initial Registrant on the ``Attn:'' line, as appropriate,
after ``Somalia,'' above.
Applications for re-registration require the submission of
supporting documentation under the following circumstances:
(A) If one or more of the questions listed in Part 4, Question 2 of
Form I-821 apply to the alien, then the alien must submit an
explanation, on a separate sheet(s) of paper, and/or additional
(B) If the alien was granted TPS by an Immigration Judge or the
Board of Immigration Appeals, then the alien must include evidence of
the grant of TPS (such as an order from the Executive Office for
Immigration Review (EOIR)) with his or her application package.
Category 2 applications may not be E-Filed.
Are Certain Aliens Ineligible for TPS?
Yes. There are certain criminal and security-related
inadmissibility grounds that render an alien ineligible for TPS. 8
U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(A)(iii). Further, aliens who have been convicted of
any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States
are ineligible for TPS under section 244(c)(2)(B)(i) of the Act, as are
aliens described in the bars to asylum in section 208(b)(2)(A) of the
Act. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B)(i)-(ii), 1158(b)(2)(A). Aliens should also
note that an individual granted TPS will have his or her TPS withdrawn
if the alien was not in fact eligible for TPS, fails without good cause
to timely re-register, or, with some exceptions, fails to maintain
continuous physical presence in the United States from the date the
alien first was granted TPS. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(A)-(C).
Am I Eligible to Receive an Automatic Extension of My EAD From
September 17, 2006, to March 17, 2007?
To receive an automatic extension of your EAD, you must be a
national of Somalia (or an alien having no nationality who last
habitually resided in Somalia) who has applied for and received an EAD
under the TPS designation for Somalia and who has not had TPS withdrawn
or denied. This automatic extension is limited to EADs (1) issued on
Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document, (2) bearing an
expiration date of September 17, 2006, and (3) bearing the notation
``A-12'' or ``C-19'' on the face of the card under ``Category''.
If I Am Currently Registered for TPS Under the Designation for Somalia
and Am Re-Registering for TPS, How Do I Receive an Extension of My EAD
after the 6-Month Automatic Extension Expires?
TPS re-registrants will receive a notice in the mail with
instructions to appear at an ASC for biometrics collection. When you
report to the ASC, you must bring the following documents: (1) Your
receipt notice for your re-registration application; (2) your ASC
appointment notice; and (3) your current EAD. If no further action is
required for your case, you will receive a new EAD, valid until March
17, 2008, through the mail. If your case requires further resolution,
USCIS will contact you in writing to explain what additional
information, if any, is necessary to resolve your case. If your re-
registration application is approved, you will receive a new EAD in the
mail with an expiration date of March 17, 2008.
May I Request an Interim EAD at My Local District Office?
No. USCIS will not issue interim EADs to TPS applicants and re-
registrants at District Offices.
How May Employers Determine Whether an EAD Has Been Automatically
Extended for Six Months through March 17, 2007, and is Therefore
Acceptable for Completion of the Form I-9?
For purposes of verifying identity and employment eligibility or
re-verifying employment eligibility on the Form I-9 until March 17,
2007, employers of Somali TPS beneficiaries whose EADs have been
automatically extended by this Notice must accept the EAD if presented.
An EAD that has been automatically extended for six months by this
Notice to March 17, 2007, will actually contain an expiration date of
September 17, 2006, and must be a Form I-766 bearing the notation ``A-
12'' or ``C-19'' on the face of the card under ``Category.'' New EADs
showing the March 17, 2007, expiration date of the six-month automatic
extension will not be issued.
Employers should not request proof of Somali citizenship. If
presented with an EAD that has been extended pursuant to this Federal
Register Notice and that reasonably appears on its face to be genuine
and appears to relate to the employee, employers should accept the EAD
as a valid ``List A'' document and should not ask for additional Form
I-9 documentation. This action by the Secretary of Homeland Security
this Federal Register Notice does not affect the right of an applicant
for employment or an employee to present any legally acceptable
document as proof of identity and eligibility for employment.
Employers are reminded that the laws requiring employment
eligibility verification and prohibiting unfair immigration-related
employment practices remain in full force. This Notice does not
supersede or in any way limit applicable employment verification rules
and policy guidance, including those setting forth re-verification
requirements. See 8 CFR 274a.2(b)(1)(vii) (employers re-verification
requirements). For questions, employers may call the USCIS Office of
Business Liaison Employer Hotline at 1-800-357-2099 to speak to a USCIS
representative. Also, employers may call the U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment
Practices (OSC) Employer Hotline at 1-800-255-8155 or 1-800-362-2735
(TDD). Employees or applicants may call the OSC Employee Hotline at 1-
800-255-7688 or 1-800-237-2515 (TDD) for information regarding the
automatic extension. Additional information is available on the OSC Web
site at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/osc/index.html.
How May Employers Determine an Employee's Eligibility for Employment
Once the Automatic Extension Has Expired, Between March 17, 2007, and
the End of the TPS Extension on March 17, 2008?
TPS beneficiaries who successfully re-register will possess an EAD
with an expiration date of March 17, 2008. This EAD must be accepted
for the purposes of verifying identity and employment authorization.
Employers are reminded that the laws requiring employment eligibility
verification and prohibiting unfair immigration-related employment
practices remain in full force, as described above.
What Can an Employee Present to an Employer for Purposes of Completing
Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification?
During the first six months of this extension of the TPS
designation for Somalia, employees may submit the following to their
employer for completion of the Form I-9 at the time of hire or re-
verification. Qualified individuals who have received a six-month
extension of their EADs by virtue of this Federal Register Notice may
present a TPS-based EAD to their employer, as described above as proof
of identity and employment authorization until March 17, 2007. To
minimize confusion over this extension at the time of hire or re-
verification, qualified individuals may also present a copy of this
Federal Register Notice regarding the automatic extension of employment
authorization documentation to March 17, 2007.
After the first six months of this designation extension, employees
may present a new EAD valid through March 17, 2008.
As an alternative to the aforementioned options, any legally
acceptable document or combination of documents listed in List A, List
B, or List C of the Form I-9 may be presented as proof of identity and
employment eligibility; it is the choice of the employee.
Does TPS Lead to Lawful Permanent Residence?
No. TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful
permanent residence by itself or confer any other immigration status. 8
U.S.C. 1254a(e), (f)(1), (h). When a country's TPS designation is
terminated, TPS beneficiaries will maintain the same immigration status
they held prior to TPS (unless that status has since expired or been
terminated), or any other status they may have acquired while
registered for TPS. Accordingly, if an alien held no lawful immigration
status prior to being granted TPS and did not obtain any other status
during the TPS period, he or she will revert to unlawful status upon
the termination of the TPS designation. Once the Secretary determines
that a TPS designation should be terminated, aliens who had TPS under
that designation are expected to plan for their departure from the
United States and may wish to apply for other immigration benefits for
which they may be eligible.
May I Apply for Another Immigration Benefit While Registered for TPS?
Yes. Registration for TPS does not prevent you from applying for
another non-immigrant status, from filing for adjustment of status
based on an immigrant petition, or from applying for any other
immigration benefit or protection. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(5). For the
purposes of change of status and adjustment of status, an alien is
considered as being in, and maintaining, lawful status as a
nonimmigrant during the period in which the alien is granted TPS. 8
How Does an Application for TPS Affect my Application for Asylum or
Other Immigration Benefits?
An application for TPS does not affect an application for asylum or
any other immigration benefit. Denial of an application for asylum or
any other immigration benefit does not affect an applicant's TPS
eligibility, although the grounds for denying one form of relief may
also be grounds for denying TPS. For example, a person who has been
convicted of a particularly serious crime is not eligible for asylum or
TPS. 8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A)(ii), 1254a(c)(2)(B)(ii).
Does This Extension Allow Nationals of Somalia (or Aliens Having No
Nationality Who Last Habitually Resided in Somalia) Who Entered the
United States after September 4, 2001, to File for TPS?
No. This is a Notice of an extension of TPS, not a Notice of re-
designation of TPS for Somalia. An extension of TPS does not change the
required dates of continuous residence and continuous physical presence
in the United States. This extension does not expand TPS eligibility
beyond the current TPS requirements for the Somalia designation. To be
eligible for TPS benefits under this extension, nationals of Somalia
(or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in
Somalia) must have been continuously physically present and
continuously resided in the United States since September 4, 2001.
What is Late Initial Registration?
Some persons may be eligible for late initial registration under 8
U.S.C. 1254a(c)(1)(A)(iv) and 8 CFR 244.2(f)(2) and (g). In order to be
eligible for late initial registration an applicant must:
(1) Be a national of Somalia (or an alien who has no nationality
and who last habitually resided in Somalia);
(2) Have continuously resided in the United States since September
(3) Have been continuously physically present in the United States
since September 4, 2001; and
(4) Be both admissible as an immigrant, except as provided under
section 244(c)(2)(A) of the Act, and not ineligible under section
244(c)(2)(B) of the Act.
Additionally, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that during
the registration period for the re-designation (from September 4, 2001
to September 17, 2002), he or she:
(1) Was a nonimmigrant or had been granted voluntary departure
status or any relief from removal;
(2) Had an application for change of status, adjustment of status,
asylum, voluntary departure, or any relief from removal or change of
status pending or subject to further review or appeal;
(3) Was a parolee or had a pending request for reparole; or
(4) Is the spouse or child of an alien currently eligible to be a
An applicant for late initial registration must file an application
for late registration no later than 60 days after the expiration or
termination of the conditions described above. 8 CFR 244.2(g). All late
initial registration applications pursuant to the TPS designation of
Somalia should be submitted to the aforementioned Lockbox address in
Chicago, Illinois listed under Category 2.
What Happens When This Extension of TPS Expires on March 17, 2008?
At least 60 days before this extension of Somalia's TPS designation
expires on March 17, 2008, the Secretary, after consultation with
appropriate agencies of the Government, will review conditions in
Somalia and determine whether the conditions for TPS designation
continue to be met at that time, or whether the TPS designation should
be terminated. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3). Notice of that determination,
including the basis for the determination, will be published in the
Notice of Extension of Designation of TPS for Somalia
By the authority vested in the Secretary of Homeland Security under
section 244 of the Act, the Secretary has determined, after
consultation with the appropriate Government agencies, that the
conditions that prompted designation of Somalia for TPS continue to be
met. Accordingly, the Secretary orders as follows:
(1) The TPS designation of Somalia is extended for an additional
18-month period from September 17, 2006, to March 17, 2008. 8 U.S.C.
1254a(b)(1)(A); 1254a(b)(1)(C); 1254a(b)(3)(C).
(2) There are approximately 250 nationals of Somalia (or aliens
having no nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) who have
been granted TPS and who may be eligible for re-registration.
(3) To maintain TPS, a national of Somalia (or an alien having no
nationality who last habitually resided in Somalia) who was granted TPS
and who has not had TPS withdrawn must re-register for TPS during the
60-day re-registration period from July 27, 2006 until September 25,
(4) To re-register, aliens must follow the aforementioned filing
procedures set forth in this Notice.
Information concerning the extension of the designation of Somalia
for TPS will be available at local USCIS offices upon publication of
this Notice and on the USCIS Web site at http://www.uscis.gov.
Dated: July 13, 2006.
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