USCIS Permits Some TPS Applicants to File Initial Applications Online

Last Updated on February 23, 2023

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants from five countries are permitted to submit their initial TPS applications online.  


Individuals from Myanmar (Burma), Syria, Somalia, Venezuela and Yemen may now file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status online, along with Form I-765, Request for Employment Authorization. 

Looking Ahead  

USCIS plans to eventually extend online filing to all first-time and renewal TPS applicants in the future. However, the agency also notes that only the five countries listed above will be able to file electronically for now. USCIS will not accept online applications from applicants from any other country.  


Envoy is pleased to provide you this information, which was prepared in collaboration with Ian Love, who is a Partner at Global Immigration Associates, P.C. (, Envoy’s affiliated law firm.   

Content in this publication is not intended as legal advice, nor should it be relied on as such. For additional information on the issues discussed, consult an Envoy-affiliated attorney or another qualified professional.