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Temporary Protective Status (TPS)

TPS is a temporary relief from removal that the U.S. government grants. A person, who is a citizen, national, or resident of a country designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security for TPS, can apply for this form of temporary relief. The Secretary designates a foreign country for TPS as a result of conditions that temporarily prevent their citizens or nationals from returning safely, or when the country is unable to adequately handle their citizens or nationals return from the U.S.

Examples of Temporary Country Conditions

  • Civil war or ongoing armed conflict.
  • Environmental disaster such as a catastrophic earthquake or hurricane.

Current TPS Countries

See USCIS website: http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.eb1d4c2a3e5b9ac89243c6a7543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=848f7f2ef0745210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD&vgnextchannel=848f7f2ef0745210VgnVCM100000082ca60aRCRD

Eligibility Requirements

  • Citizen, national, or last habitually resided in a TPS country.
  • Meet the requirements for registration and re-registration.
  • Have no felony criminal conviction or two or more misdemeanor convictions in the U.S.
  • Not a persecutor from the TPS country.
  • Not a threat to the security of the U.S.

Benefits of TPS

  • The TPS recipient is not removable from the U.S.
  • The Department of Homeland Security cannot detain a TPS recipient.
  • The TPS recipient can obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
  • The TPS may apply for travel authorization.

Note: If you feel you meet the requirements for TPS, it is advisable to contact an Immigration Attorney.


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