As part of the efforts of the Venezuelan Embassy in the United States for the greatest number of Venezuelans to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Ambassador Carlos Vecchio and the interim government consular team held an informational meeting with Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) and the Independent Venezuelan American Citizens (IVAC) organization, to guide and promote the registration process to access this immigration benefit.
During the joint Live broadcast through the social network accounts of @EmbajadaVE_USA, Vecchio stressed that the TPS comes at an opportune moment for all Venezuelans who did not have a legal immigration status in the country and who are going through a difficult situation as a result of the pandemic. Therefore, “it is our turn now and until September 5th to disseminate, join and guide our Venezuelan brothers so that they can take advantage of this benefit.”
The diplomat said that the TPS and the DED were achieved thanks to the joint effort of the Venezuelan diaspora, the Venezuelan Embassy and the bipartisan support of Congressmen and Senators who “are people who have always raised their voices for Venezuelans. Pushing the cause of Venezuela, they have been unconditional allies in favor of the people of Venezuela.” He also highlighted the support of the United States current administration.
Furthermore, he recalled that the overall objective is “the dismissal of the dictatorship” … “There will be no way to fix the Venezuelan crisis if we do not move towards democracy. We must all continue joining the cause of Venezuela and further commit the US institutions to continue pressing for the democratic transition in Venezuela.”
At the meeting, Senator Rick Scott thanked Ambassador Carlos Vecchio, Gustavo Marcano and Brian Fincheltub for their efforts to protect Venezuelans in the United States, while sending a message of support to all Venezuelans.
“My heart goes out to everyone. We know that many of you are fleeing violence, hunger and Maduro’s socialist regime,” he added. On his part, Congressman Carlos Jiménez expressed through a video that “I will always fight for your benefits here in the US, on your side for the freedom of Venezuela.”
Days ago, Ambassador Vecchio participated in a meeting on the TPS promoted by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), with the participation of Senator Bob Menéndez (D-NJ) and several congressmen from the Democratic wing, who ratified their support for Venezuela and urged the Venezuelan community in the US to participate in the TPS approved by the Biden administration.
The Minister Counselor, Gustavo Marcano assured that the TPS “is for the more than 320 thousand Venezuelans who are eligible,” as well as the Venezuelans who are deprived of liberty for immigration reasons.
The director of Consular Affairs, Brian Fincheltub, together with the President of IVAC Miami, Ernesto Ackerman, clarified during the live forum the concerns raised by Venezuelans about TPS and the application process. Fincheltub recalled that to facilitate information on the process to access TPS and manage the work permit, the Embassy provided the instructions and forms in Spanish, as well as answers to the most frequently asked questions, which are available on the official website www.us.embajadavenezuela.org.