For Current Somali TPS Holders: How To Deal With Issues or Problems With Your TPS at Work, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and Elsewhere

Last Updated

March 13, 2023

Background: The 18-month extension and redesignation of TPS for Somalia was published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2023. This resource contains guidance for Somali nationals dealing with problems related to their TPS at work, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and elsewhere. CLINIC always recommends that TPS holders who encounter problems consult with a qualified legal professional.

Proving your status at work:

Automatic extension:

  • Current Somali TPS holder Employment Authorization Documents, or EADs, with an expiration date of March 17, 2023, or Sept. 17, 2021, are automatically extended through March 17, 2024.

Materials to bring to work to prove ongoing employment authorization:

The new TPS designation period for Somalia begins March 18, 2023. Somali TPS EAD holders should speak to their employers immediately and present the following materials:

Problems with TPS at work:

  • Prohibitions against employment discrimination include that employers are not allowed to tell employees which documents they must present to demonstrate employment eligibility, if the documents they choose to present meet I-9 requirements.
  • For general questions about the employment eligibility verification process, TPS holder employees may call USCIS at 888-897-7781 (TTY 877-875-6028) or email USCIS at
  • For information regarding employment discrimination based upon citizenship, immigration status, or national origin, including discrimination related to Employment Eligibility Verification (Form I-9) and E-Verify, TPS holders can call the Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights Worker Hotline at 800-255-7688 (TTY 800-237-2515) or visit
  • To file a complaint with the U.S. Employment Opportunity Commission, visit

Proving your status at the Department of Motor Vehicles, other public or private institutions, or to law enforcement:

If you are an eligible Somali TPS holder, you can use the documents listed below to show that you have an automatic extension of your TPS and EAD through March 17, 2024. CLINIC recommends TPS holders try to contact the Department of Motor Vehicles, or DMV, or other agency in advance to ask about what documents to bring to appointments. Documents TPS holders should bring to appointments will include:

The SAVE Program:

  • Some states use the USCIS Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements, or SAVE, program to confirm current immigration status.
  • TPS holders can check the status of their SAVE verification by using CaseCheck at the following link:, then by clicking the “Check Your Case” button.
  • If an issue occurs and a TPS holder finds that the SAVE system has not been updated in time, TPS holders can point DMV or other workers to the language in the Federal Register Notice that states: “You can also ask the agency to look for SAVE notices or contact SAVE if they have any questions about your immigration status or auto-extension of TPS-related documentation … occasionally, verification can be delayed.”
  • See the “Note Regarding Federal, State, and Local Government Agencies (Such as Department of Motor Vehicles)” section in the Federal Register Notice for more information about SAVE and any issues encountered.

Problems with TPS at the Department of Motor Vehicles or other public or private institutions:

  • Contact a qualified legal services organization for help. A list of qualified organizations can be found here:
  • For problems at the Department of Motor Vehicles or other public institutions, TPS holders can call the Department of Justice Immigrant and Employee Rights Worker Hotline at 800-255-7688 (TTY 800-237-2515) or visit

 Avoiding legal services fraud:

Individuals registering or re-registering for TPS should seek qualified legal assistance and beware of fraud. More information about avoiding legal services scams is available here: