Temporary Protected Status (TPS):
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a country for TPS due to condition in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals. TPS may be granted to eligible nationals of certain countries, or even parts of countries, ho are already in the United States. Qualified individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.
The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to the following temporary conditions in the country:
- Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war)
- An environmental disaster (such as an earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions
A country is granted TPS for only a certain amount of time. During the designation period, those granted TPS:
- Are not removable from the United States
- Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD)
- May be granted travel authorization
TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent residence or grant any other immigration status. How ever, registration for TPS does not prevent you from:
- Applying for nonimmigrant status
- Filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition
- Applying for any other immigration benefit or protection for which you may be eligible
If you would like to know if your country is currently designated for TPS please refer to USCIS’s list of designated countries or feel free to contact us with your inquiry.