DHS announced that it is extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Somalia who already hold TPS. TPS allows qualifying individuals to remain and work lawfully in the United States until conditions in their home countries improve. The new extension allows qualifying individuals from Somalia to reapply for TPS and work authorization that will be valid until September 17, 2018. The re-registration period ends on March 20, 2017. Employment authorization documents held by qualifying individuals already set to expire on March 17, 2017, are automatically extended through September 17, 2017. Employers can rely on the DHS announcement for I-9 employment verification and reverification purposes.

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