Temporary Protected Status
A country fis designated TPS due to conditions in the country which temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning to that country safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals in an adequate matter.
USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries who are already in the United States. Eligible 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 war or civil war)
- An environmental disaster (such as earthquake, tsunami, or hurricane), or any epidemic like ebola, cholera etc.,
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions
The USCIS designated a temporary period i which the elifible nationals of that country may apply for the TPS. During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries are not removable from the United States and may also obtain employment authorization and in some cases travel authorizatio. Once granted TPS, an individual cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status in the United States.
TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. Registration for TPS, however, 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
To be eligible for TPS, you must:
- Be a national of a country designated for TPS, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country;
- File during the open initial registration or re-registration period.
- Have been continuously physically present in the United States since the effective date of the most recent designation date of your country; and
- Have been continuously residing in the United States since the date specified for your country.
Click the USCIS link below to see the list of countries whose nationals may currently file for TPS.
http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status-deferred-enforced-departure/temporary-protected-status#Countries Currently Designated for TPS