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Community Advisory: CAIR Welcomes TPS Extension, Renewed Designation for Yemen

Muslim Group Notes TPS for Somalia, Sudan and Syria Remains in Effect 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/7/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the Department of Homeland Security’s announced extension and renewed designation of Yemen for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months.  

Read: DHS: ICE: Resource: Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Yemen 

This extension and renewed designation will protect the 2,200 Yemenis residing in the United States and be in effect from September 4, 2021, through March 3, 2023. Instructions for applying for TPS will be included in the upcoming Federal Register notice on TPS Yemen.  

“CAIR welcomes the Biden Administration’s extension and renewed designation of TPS for Yemen. We are urging all Yemeni nationals inside the U.S. to immediately consult with an immigration attorney to determine whether they may qualify for TPS or other forms of immigration relief,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “CAIR is now calling on DHS and the State Department to provide similar relief for Somali nationals whose TPS expires in September.”  

In June, CAIR joined another 117 local, state, and national organizations led by the Temporary Status and Deferred Enforced Departure Administrative Advocacy Coalition (TPS-DED AAC) in a letter to DHS Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken to urge an 18-month extension and redesignation of TPS for Yemen. 

The previous re-registration period for Yemenis who already have TPS was March 2, 2020 – May 1, 2020. 

In April, CAIR issued a community advisory urging TPS holders from Syria and Yemen to re-register as the deadline was approaching. 


TPS for those from Sudan remains in effect as long as preliminary injunction ordered by the U.S. Court of Appeals in Ramos, et al v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) remains in effect. However, there are no new opportunities to register for TPS for the first time. Click here for more information.  

Read: DHS: ICE: Resource: Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Sudan 


TPS for Somalis also remains in effect until September 17, 2021. However, there are no new opportunities to register for TPS for the first time. 

In June, CAIR joined another 118-organization letter led by TPS-DED AAC calling on the Biden Administration to grant an 18-month extension and redesignation of TPS for Somalia. 

Read: DHS: ICE: Resource: Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Somalia 


In January, CAIR welcomed President Biden’s 18-month extension and re-designation TPS for Syrians living inside the United States through September 30, 2022. 


Do you need legal assistance in applying or re-registering for TPS? Has your application been delayed? Contact CAIR’s Legal Department by email at

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.  


CONTACT:CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper,  

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