March 12, 2021. MIAMI, FL. -  The Venezuelan American National Bar Association (VENAMBAR) applauds the decision of the Secretary of Homeland Security to designate Venezuela for Temporary Protective Status (TPS), a special protection that VENAMBAR has promoted since 2017 for Venezuelans living in the United States (see  TPS application).

 TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to nationals of designated countries.  During the TPS designation period (18 months in the case of Venezuela), TPS beneficiaries are eligible to remain in the United States, apply for work and travel authorization(s), and may not be removed from the United States.  Travel authorization is granted on a case a case-by-case basis only.

To apply for TPS, an applicant must file an application within 180 days from March 8th, 2021, i.e. by no later than September 5th, 2021.  TPS is, in broad terms, available to Venezuelan nationals and persons without nationality who had their last habitual residence in Venezuela.  Eligible nationals must have resided in the United States on or before March 8th, 2021 and have been physically present in the United States since March 9th, 2021.

 Policy-wise, this designation constitutes part of the U.S. Government’s response to the deep humanitarian and economic crisis in Venezuela, allowing its beneficiaries to temporarily remain and work in the United States and avoid a forced return into a country riddled with disaster. The TPS designation for Venezuela is the result of the ongoing efforts of the Venezuelan community and its supporters to offer alternatives and aid to the Venezuelan nationals.

 This announcement is received shortly after the Trump Administration – during its last days – provided a Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Venezuelan nationals (allowing a deferred return to their country for an extended period of 18 months).  From a practical perspective, the Biden administration – through the approval of TPS for Venezuela – broadens the scope of the DED.

 •  Individuals who apply for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) pursuant to a TPS application will receive an EAD with an expiration date of September 9, 2022.  Such EAD is eligible for renewal if the Secretary extends TPS for Venezuela after September 9, 2022, after determining that Venezuela continues to meet the conditions supporting its designation for TPS.

•    Individuals who apply for an EAD pursuant to DED will receive an EAD with an expiration date of July 20, 2022.  If President Biden does not direct an extension of the DED authorization, the DED, and associated employment authorization, will end on July 20, 2022.

For more information about TPS for Venezuelans in the United States, VENAMBAR will provide more information, stay tuned.

The information provided herein does not and is not intended to constitute legal advice; instead, all information and content is for general informational purposes only.  Readers of this article should contact their attorney(s) to obtain legal advice with respect to any particular legal matter.  No person reading this press release should act or refrain from acting on the basis of the information provided herein without first seeking legal advice from counsel in his/her/their relevant jurisdiction. 

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MIAMI, FL.-  La Asociación Venezolana Americana Nacional de Abogados (VENAMBAR), aplaude la decisión de la Secretaría de Seguridad del Estado (Secretary of Homeland Security) de designar a Venezuela como beneficiario del Estatus de Protección Temporal (TPS por sus siglas en inglés), una protección especial que ha sido promovida por VENAMAR desde el año 2017 para los venezolanos que viven en los Estados Unidos (Ver Aplicación de TPS).

TPS es una protección temporal de inmigración otorgada a nacionales de los países designados. Durante el periodo de TPS (18 meses en el caso de Venezuela) los beneficiarios del TPS califican para permanecer en los Estados Unidos, obtener un permiso de trabajo y obtener permiso(s) de viaje y no podrán ser removidos de los Estados Unidos. Los permisos de viajes serán otorgados únicamente en cada caso por separado.

Para aplicar para un TPS, el solicitante deberá enviar una solicitud dentro de 180 días a partir del 8 de marzo del 2021, esto es, a no más tardar del 5 de septiembre del 2021. TPS esta, en términos amplios, disponible para venezolanos y personas que no tienen nacionalidad que tuvieron su última residencia habitual en Venezuela. Los nacionales que califiquen deben haber vivido en los Estados Unidos para el 8 de marzo 2021 o antes de esta fecha y encontrarse físicamente presente en los Estados Unidos desde el 9 de marzo 2021.

Desde un punto de vista político, esta designación constituye parte de la respuesta del Gobierno Norteamericano a la crisis humanitaria y económica profunda en Venezuela. Esto permitirá a sus beneficiarios poder trabajar y permanecer temporalmente en los Estados Unidas y evitar un retorno forzado a un país plagado por el desastre. La designación de TPS para Venezuela es el resultado de un esfuerzo persistente por la comunidad venezolana y sus defensores para ofrecer alternativas para ayudar a los venezolanos.

 El anuncio de esta noticia se recibe luego de que la administración de Trump – en sus últimos días- previo el Regreso Diferido Obligatorio o DED (por sus siglas en inglés) para nacionales venezolanos (permitiendo a estos regresar a su país por un período extendido de 18 meses). Desde un punto de vista práctico, la administración de Biden – por medio de la aprobación del TPS para Venezuela – amplía el alcance del DED.

•    Las personas que califiquen para la autorización de empleo (EAD) de acuerdo a la aplicación del TPS recibirán un EAD con fecha de expiración 9 de septiembre 2022. Este EAD podrá extenderse para renovación si el Secretario extiende el TPS para Venezuela después del 9 de septiembre 2022, luego de determinar si Venezuela continua a llenar las condiciones que apoyen su designación para TPS.

•   Las personas que califiquen para el EAD de acuerdo al DED recibirán un EAD con una fecha de expiración para el 20 de julio de 2022. Si el Presidente Biden no extiende la autorización del DED, el DED y la autorización de empleo asociada con el mismo, terminara el 20 de julio del 2022.

 Para más información sobre el TPS para venezolanos en los Estados Unidos, VENAMBAR, provera mas información a seguir.

 El propósito de la información proporcionada en este articulo no es constituye asesoría legal, sino constituye información general únicamente. Los lectores de este artículo deberán contactar a su(s) abogado(s) para obtener asesoría legal con respecto a cualquier tema en particular. Ninguna persona que lea esta nota de prensa deberá actuar o abstenerse de actuar sobre la base de la información obtenida aquí sin obtener asesoría jurídica de su abogado en su jurisdicción relevante.

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Apr 5th, 2017. MIAMI, FL .-  The Venezuelan American National Bar Association (VENAMBAR) condemns the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s March 29th decisions Nos. 155 and 156, and later revisions, which usurp the powers of the democratically elected National Assembly. The decisions not only violate the Venezuelan Constitution, which guarantees the separation and independence of powers between the different branches of government, but also patently break away from traditional democratic values, and ultimately deny the Venezuelan people the right to shape their country’s future through democratically elected legislative representatives.

VENAMBAR repudiates these actions by the Venezuelan Supreme Court which curtail the legislative power without affording any checks and balances to the other branches of government, and which constitute a serious setback for democracy in Venezuela. VENAMBAR further calls on the Venezuelan Government to respect the rule of law and the principle of the separation of powers, human rights, and non-interference between equally legitimate powers, which are all essential principles of democracy.

 The Venezuelan American National Bar Association

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Dear colleagues and friends:

We want to thank you for attending the kick-off ceremony of the Venezuelan American National Bar Association. Thanks to your participation and that of 160 other attendees, the event was a complete success! We welcome each one of you to become members of our organization and look forward to your active participation! We will keep you posted about our future events. We look forward to seeing you again at VENAMBAR’s upcoming events.

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  • Aug 27, 2013 - Prof. Gomez interviewed about the launch of VENAMBAR, the Venezuelan American National Bar Association, Florida International University, Faculty News 



  • Aug 15, 2013 - Miami attorneys form first Venezuelan American Bar Association, South Florida Business Journal.
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Member Update – July 31st, 2017

Dear friends, members, and associates of Venambar,

We are pleased to provide you with the following update from the Board of Directors with reference to the recent activities of Venambar in response to the ongoing situation in Venezuela:

•          In April 2017, Venambar condemned the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s decisions which usurped the powers of the democratically elected National Assembly. Venambar called on the Venezuelan Government to respect the rule of law, the principles of the separation of powers, human rights, and non-interference between equally legitimate powers, which are all essential principles of democracy.

•          In May 2017, in support and solidarity with the Venezuelan community in Miami, Venambar, along with other organizations, hosted two prayer services for liberty and peace in Venezuela.

•          In July 2017, Venambar called upon 30 embassies in Washington, D.C. and consular offices in Miami including: Brazil, Ecuador, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Uruguay, Paraguay and Mexico, to condemn the ongoing and escalating violence as a violation of human rights, to grant freedom to political prisoners, and to respect the will of the people of Venezuela.

•            More recently, on July 28th, 2017, Venambar submitted a petition to President Donald Trump and the Secretary of Homeland Security for the consideration of a grant of TPS (“Temporary Protected Status”) for Venezuelan nationals in the United States under Section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  TPS is a temporary measure which would allow eligible individuals to obtain employment authorization for the period in which the TPS designation is valid, usually up to 18 months.  TPS does not lead to permanent resident status or citizenship in the United States; additionally, the petition has not yet been approved so Venezuelan nationals are NOT eligible for TPS status at this time.  

For additional information and to sign the petition, please visit: http://www.venambar.com/tps-for-venezuela.html

How can you help? 

We need the IMMEDIATE support of the Venambar membership to sign the petition and also share it with contacts through Facebook, Twitter, email, and others.  It is very important to create awareness of the crisis which has affected the people of Venezuela.  With your assistance, we can reach the minimum 100,000 signatures required in 30 days for the consideration of this petition by President Trump and the Secretary of Homeland Security. #TPSForVenezuela

We are also seeking a team of dedicated and committed volunteers who can assist with social media and other communications in support of this TPS initiative.  Students and young professionals, regardless of any professional background are welcome to volunteer!

We thank you for your continued support to Venambar.  Should you require additional information or to volunteer with the organization, please contact: venambar@gmail.com.

•            Recent In the News:

July 30, 2017: El Nuevo Herald, "Buscan firmas de apoyo para impulsar alivio migratorio a venezolanos en EEUU"

 

July 29, 2017: El Venezolano News, Recolectan firmas para pedir a EEUU otorgue beneficio migratorio a venezolanos

 

July 28, 2017: Law360, "Fla. Gov. Details Plan To Bar State Investment In Venezuela"

 

July 20, 2017: CGTN TV, Florida governor wants companies to stop doing business with Venezuela

 

July 18, 2017: El Nuevo Herald, Abogados denuncian violación a derechos humanos en Venezuela y piden actuar a Consulados en Miami

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