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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Applicants May Now File Forms I-821 and I-765 Online! — Visa Lawyer Blog — December 2, 2021

We are happy to share great news for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants! On November 29, 2021, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Announced That TPS applicants can now file an I-821 application for temporary protected status and an I-765 application for approval of the transaction completely online for certain state designations.


Who is eligible to apply online?


First-time TPS applicants and re-registered TPS beneficiaries are eligible to submit Form I-821 and Form I-765 online, provided they are citizens under one of the following current designations for TPS:

  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • The Savior
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

Applicants can apply for an Employment Certificate (EAD) by submitting a completed I-765 with their online Form I-821, or they can choose to submit a Form I-765 separately later. TPS applicants are advised to submit the two forms together to help get their transaction authorization document faster.


Where can I submit?


To submit an I-821 form online, eligible TPS applicants should visit myUSCIS Page to sign in or create a USCIS online account. Through their myUSCIS account, applicants will be able to track their application status, review requests for additional evidence, download a copy of their acceptance letter, and have the ability to communicate with USCIS regarding their application through a secure inbox.


Why the change?


The new online submission capability is part of USCIS’s efforts to streamline the application process and reduce workloads by easy and convenient retrieval of applications and supporting documentation electronically. In the past, online TPS submission was only available to people from certain countries. Expanding the online submission capability will now give USCIS the ability to process applications and EADs on a longer time basis using its secure and convenient platform.


Can I still apply for Form I-821 on paper?


Yes. Applicants can still choose to submit paper applications using Form I-821 and Form I-765 by mail. Applicants applying on paper can still take advantage of the myUSCIS platform and create an online account to track the status of their applications and communicate with USCIS even if they have not submitted their forms online.

Candidates submitting by paper can review the account access message sent to them by mail by USCIS for details on how they can link their portfolios to their online account.

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