Temporary Protected Status
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) permits individuals from certain countries who have been present in the U.S. for a certain period of time to apply to temporarily live and work in the U.S. Countries may be designated for TPS where there are conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries who are in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS. Countries may be designated for TPS when there is an ongoing conflict (such as a civil war), an environmental disaster (such as an earthquake or hurricane), or when a country is experiencing extraordinary and temporary conditions which make it unsafe for a national to return home.
If you are granted TPS, you must re-register with the USCIS for each period that your TPS benefits are extended.
Countries currently designated for TPS as of September 2, 2014 include:
- El Salvador
- South Sudan
For the most current information on countries designated for TPS please visit USCIS’s website at: http://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status-deferred-enforced-departure/temporary-protected-status
Persons from countries with violent conflict or political turmoil may also have a basis to apply for asylum. Contact the Law Office of Karen Winston to determine whether you qualify for Temporary Protected Status, or any other immigration benefit.