Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03030470 (posted Mar. 4, 2003)"
U.S. Department of Justice
Immigration and Naturalization Service
February 28, 2003
Attorney General Terminates Temporary Protected
Status For Nationals of Angola
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The
Department of Justice today announced the termination of Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) for nationals of Angola.
As of March 29, 2003, individuals who are nationals of Angola (and others
having no nationality who last
habitually resided in Angola) and have had TPS under the Angola program will no
longer have such status.
Approximately 316 individuals who currently receive benefits under the
Angola TPS designation will be affected.
Section 244 of the
Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes the Attorney General to grant TPS
to aliens in the United States who are nationals of countries that are subject
to ongoing armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and
temporary conditions. A
recent review of conditions within Angola by the Departments of Justice and
State indicates that recent events have brought an end to the armed
conflict. The situation in the
country presents conditions that do not warrant a continuation of TPS. The review concluded that Angolan
nationals may return safely to the country at this time.
For those individuals
who believe that their particular circumstances make return to Angola unsafe,
they may apply for other forms of protection such as, but not limited to,
asylum, withholding of removal, or protection under Article 3 of the Torture
Upon the termination
of TPS status, former beneficiaries return to the same immigration status they
maintained before (unless that status has since expired or been terminated), or
to any other status they may have acquired while registered for TPS. Accordingly, if an individual maintained
no lawful status prior to receiving TPS benefits, and did not obtain any other
status during the TPS period, he or she will revert to that unlawful status upon
the termination of that designation.
Such individuals are expected to depart the United States on or before
March 29, 2003. Those who fail to
comply with this requirement may be subject to removal. Former TPS beneficiaries
will no longer be eligible for a stay of removal or a work authorization
document pursuant to the program.
TPS-related work authorization documents expire on March 29, 2003 and
will not be renewed.
Termination of the TPS
designation for Angola does not necessarily affect pending applications for
other forms of immigration relief or protection. Former
beneficiaries may begin to accrue unlawful presence as of March 29, 2003 if they
have not been granted any other immigration status or protection, or if they
have no ending application for certain benefits. Individuals who accrue certain periods
of unlawful presence in the United States may be barred from admission to the
United States for a specified period of time.
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