As stated by the Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, on March 12, 2021, Burma has been designated for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for a period of 18 months. This status enables Burmese nationals and those who have consistently resided in Burma and who are currently in the United States to file applications for TPS. The eligibility requirements remain in effect.

Because of the military coup, the citizens of Burma are suffering extreme and harmful violence along with a humanitarian crisis.  According to the Secretary, issuing a TPS for Burma means that country conditions must meet one or more of the three statutory bases: continuing armed conflict, environmental disastrous conditions, or temporary and extraordinary conditions.

Note, only those individuals already residing in the United States are eligible for TPS. Only those individuals who can demonstrate continuous residence in the U.S. prior to March 11, 2021, will be deemed eligible. Pandemic restrictions at the border will apply.  Remember, security and background checks are a part of determining eligibility.