What is Temporary Protected Status?
The Secretary of Homeland Security designates Temporary Protected Status (or “TPS”) to natives of a particular country due to conditions in the country. In turn, based upon the conditions, individuals of that designated country are unable to safely return. Designation may also stem from the country being unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.
What Conditions Lead to a TPS Designation?
The grounds for designation of TPS for a country are:
Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war);
An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic; or
Other extraordinary and temporary conditions.
What are the Benefits of TPS?
During the time period when a country is granted TPS, the individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases.
Are not removable from the United States;
Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD); and
May be granted travel authorization.
Once an individual has been granted TPS, their immigration status in the United States cannot be a basis for detention by the Department of Homeland Security.
Does TPS Lead to Lawful Permanent Residency?
TPS - alone - does not lead to lawful permanent residency for anyone who has been granted TPS. That said, if an individual has another basis for filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition (such as an I-130) that individual will be able to do so. Additionally, that individual will also be able to apply for any other immigration benefit or protection for which they may be eligible to receive.
Which Countries are Currently Designated for TPS?
The following countries are currently designated for TPS:
Who Can I Contact if I Have More Questions?
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