Granting Venezuelans TPS had been one of US President Joe Biden’s campaign promises, according to BBC News.
An estimated 5.4m Venezuelans have left their homeland in recent years to escape a worsening political and economic crisis.
The health service has collapsed, opponents of the government have been jailed and mistreated, and inflation has soared.
Writing for Reuters, Matt Spetalnick said The decision, which could aid an estimated 320,000 people, fulfills a promise that President Joe Biden made during the 2020 election campaign to give shelter to Venezuelans who left their homeland amid economic collapse, humanitarian crisis and political turmoil under Maduro.
Venezuelans in the United States will have to show they have been residing in the country continuously as of March 8, 2021, to qualify for the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation, the officials told reporters.
If they meet the criteria, they will be given an 18-month reprieve to stay and can also obtain work permits.
Writing for AP News, B null said The Trump administration also significantly tightened U.S. economic sanctions on Venezuela, most notably on its crucial oil sector, to try and force President Nicolas Maduro to give up power after an election in 2018 that the United States and other countries believe was fraudulent.
A senior Biden administration official portrayed that as a failed strategy.
“The United States is in no rush to lift sanctions,” the official said, speaking to reporters on condition of anonymity to discuss the policy.
“But we need to recognize here that unilateral sanctions over the last four years have not succeeded in achieving an electoral outcome in the country.”.