Individuals unable to return home due to environmental disasters, armed conflict, or other extraordinary circumstances may be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS). If you are thinking about applying for Temporary Protected Status, our immigration attorney Austin is here to help.
Temporary Protected Status
Temporary Protected Status must be granted to an individual’s home country before their citizens may seek the protection status. If TPS is granted, they may remain and seek authorization to obtain work in the US. When Temporary Protected Status ends for a country, their citizens return to the previous status held before being granted TPS.
For an individual to be eligible for Temporary Protected Status, they must be:
- admissible into the US
- have either nationality of TPS country or habitual residence in the TPS country
- have no ineligibilities dues to conviction of a felony or two or more misdemeanors
- registered for TPS within the Attorney General’s time allotment
- physically present and continuously resided in the US since their country’s TPS designation
Documents must be submitted supporting each of the stated eligibility requirements. Any document submitted as evidence that isn’t in English must be submitted with an accompanying certified translation.
Countries Currently Designated for TPS
The following countries have been granted Temporary Protected Status:
- Burma (Myanmar)
- El Salvador
- South Sudan
While TPS doesn’t lead to lawful permanent resident status, it does extend other benefits, including:
- unable to be detained by Homeland Security based on their immigration status
- immovable from the US
- ability to obtain Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
- not prevented from applying for other immigration benefits or eligible protections
However, individuals granted TPS must re-register during re-registration periods to maintain benefits. Should your TPS lapse, individuals may be subject to deportation.
Seek Representation Immediately
The TPS application process is lengthy and tedious. If you are considering beginning the TPS application, our immigration attorney Austin is here to help. Give us a call for a free consultation, and we’ll start working on your application today.
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