The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced the extension and redesignation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for individuals from Cameroon from December 8, 2023, until June 7, 2025. The extension will affect approximately 2,000 individuals. Under the redesignation, approximately 8,000 people will be eligible to apply for initial TPS designation. To take advantage of the redesignation, applicants must have continuously resided in the United States since October 5, 2023.
Based upon the agency’s review of conditions in Cameroon, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has determined that the 18-month TPS extension and redesignation is warranted, because ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions remain in effect.
Those who are applying for an extension of TPS and an extension of employment authorization should do so during the re-registration period that runs from October 10, 2023, until December 11, 2023. Those who apply during that period and who have Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) that expire on December 7, 2023, will be eligible for an automatic extension of employment authorization until December 7, 2024, while they wait for their new EADs. Individuals making initial applications for TPS and EADs may apply anytime until June 7, 2025. New applicants will need to present a valid EAD to prove work authorization.
Jackson Lewis attorneys can provide more information on TPS work authorization and how to fill out and submit Forms I-9 and E-Verify data for new employees and employees who need reverification. You can also find more information on TPS work authorization for all eligible countries with our TPS Tool.