The United States granted Myanmar citizens the status of “temporarily protected persons” for 1.5 years

This implies special immigration rules.

The United States has granted Myanmar citizens “temporarily protected persons” status for 1.5 years, which implies special immigration rules. This is stated in a statement issued on Friday by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

“The Minister of Internal Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, granted the Myanmar people the status of “temporarily protected persons” for 18 months. This new status allows Myanmar citizens currently residing in the United States (and stateless persons who have permanently resided in Myanmar) to apply for the status, provided that they meet the necessary criteria,” the statement reads.

This decision will allow more than 1.6 thousand Myanmar citizens, including diplomats, to receive this status. This status implies the issuance of a work permit in the United States and a temporary residence permit to citizens of a particular country who are already living in America. However, it does not provide for obtaining a green card in the future, that is, the right to permanent residence. The decision on the extension or termination of the status will be made next year.

On February 1, the Myanmar military declared a state of emergency for a year and removed the country’s leadership, including the president and State adviser. Representatives of the army explained this by large-scale fraud in the elections held in November 2020. The military formed a new cabinet. Since the beginning of February, residents of the republic have been going out to anti-war protests, which are strictly suppressed by the security forces.

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