Gov. Hochul says 18,000 jobs available for eligible Venezuelan migrants

There are approximately 18,000 jobs available for Venezuelan migrants once they become eligible to work via the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) visa program, Gov. Kathy Hochul said Monday.

The governor, during a news conference at Chelsea Market in Manhattan on Oct. 2, said that the Venezuelan migrants will be able to apply for TPS status on Tuesday and will be eligible to work 30 days after filing their claims. 

The jobs will be provided by nearly 400 employers across the state that came forward since late August in a program that pairs companies that need to fill jobs with eligible migrants. The program is intended to solve two problems simultaneously, get more migrants into the legal workforce, while addressing a dire worker shortage across the state.