Great news! Recently, the Department of Homeland Security has extended the Re-registration periods for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuela, Ukraine, Cameroon, Afghanistan, Somalia, and Sudan. This is because of unique and temporary situations preventing people from safely going back to their home countries. This is a great opportunity for people from these countries who weren’t able to apply for TPS before. Now you can!
The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a program that offers a lifeline to people from unsafe home countries. It lets them live and work in the United States for a temporary, but extendable, period of time if they are already inside the U.S.
Every country has its own unique dates when its redesignation becomes effective, and there are also varying periods for applying. Additionally, each country has distinct methods and criteria to apply, based on your personal information and particular circumstances. But don’t worry, we’re here to guide you through the entire process. Reach out to us to learn about your eligibility, the requirements, when and where to submit your application, the expected timeframes, and numerous other details and advantages related to your TPS application.
All the Countries Currently Designated for TPS
Afghanistan, Burma (Myanmar), Cameroon, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Venezuela, and Yemen.
The USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals from specific countries or regions who are already in the United States, and even if you don’t have a specific nationality, if you last lived in a designated country, you might also be eligible for TPS.
The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS when conditions there make it dangerous for its people to return home safely or when the country can’t manage the return of its citizens properly.
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
Some Benefits of Applying to TPS
During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries, are not removable from the United States, can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD), and may be granted travel authorization.
Although we know TPS is a temporary benefit that won’t make you a permanent resident or grant you any other immigration status, signing up for TPS won’t stop you from seeking nonimmigrant status, filing for adjustment of status through an immigrant petition, or applying for any other immigration benefit or protection you might qualify for.
At the same time, applying for TPS, won’t affect your asylum application or any other immigration benefit, and the same goes in reverse. If your asylum or other immigration application gets denied, it won’t stop you from registering for TPS.
For more important information regarding eligibility criteria, application procedures, and step-by-step instructions on submitting an initial TPS application package based on your specific country, schedule an appointment with us today and learn in detail about the whole TPS process!