Sending Office: Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez
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Co-signers: Sheila Jackson Lee, Jan Schakowsky, Betty McCollum, Adriano Espaillat, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Joyce Beatty, Grace Meng, Bonnie Watson Coleman, Brenda L. Lawrence, Emanuel Cleaver, II, James P. McGovern, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar


Dear Colleague:


Please join me in asking for an extension of TPS for Yemeni and Somali nationals. As you know, TPS holders from Yemen and Somalia must submit their applications within the 60-day period provided by USCIS. These dates are May 1, 2020 and May 11, 2020, respectively.
However, USCIS closed its offices and instituted telework procedures for adjudicators on March 18, 2020 because of COVID-19. The coronavirus, along with USCIS’ closure will likely contribute to adjudication delays and backlogs. Service providers, including
legal counsel, face barriers to serving TPS holders, as employees must telework far from technology, case files, office supplies, and physical access to clients. These barriers make it increasingly likely that Somali and Yemeni TPS holders will be unable to
re-register on a timely basis for their TPS status. Unfortunately, this makes Yemeni and Somali TPS holders vulnerable to deportation.


The circumstances surrounding the coronavirus are a challenge to us all. Immigrants under TPS have to submit their paperwork in a timely fashion in order to keep their status. Yet USCIS has not provided any reasonable accommodations to protect Yemeni and
Somali TPS holders. That is why we must advocate for a new extension of work authorization and registration periods. USCIS is well within its authority to provide relief for TPS families, and I hope you will join me in advocating for these immigrants. To sign
on to the letter, click here. Lastly, 69 national, state, and local organizations

this request to DHS.


If you have any questions please contact Jonathan Martinez on my staff at




Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of Congress