TPS Temporary Protected Status.

by | Apr 26, 2016 | Blog |

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The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for Temporary Protected Status, TPS, due to circumstances in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to  guarantee the safe return of its nationals.

This status permits that people of these nationalities can reside temporarily and legally on American soil, they can obtain an Employment Authorization Document  (EAD) and be granted travel authorization.

TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. It is a temporary benefit accorded to these countries due to ongoing armed conflict and other extraordinary and temporary conditions.

To be granted any other immigration benefit you must still meet all the eligibility requirements for that particular benefit.  An application for TPS does not affect an application for asylum or any other immigration benefit and vice versa. Once granted TPS, an individual  cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status in the United States.

When filing your TPS application you must include the necessary forms, evidence, fees or fee waiver which can be found on the USCIS webpage. If you do not pay the correct fees your application will be rejected. These forms are free of charge.

Countries that are currently designated for TDS are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan and Syria. Always consult with an experienced immigration attorney regarding your TPS extension and eligibility.