Temporary Protective Status

If you or a loved one is going through the immigration process, you may be worried and want to make sure everything possible is being done to help get everything completed properly. If you are emigrating from a dangerous country or region, one option is Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

TPS is granted to specific countries or regions of countries by the Secretary of Homeland Security. The status is typically applied to geographic areas based on one of the following conditions:

  • Armed Conflict – This will need to be an ongoing conflict, including a civil war.
  • Environmental Disaster – Major natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, or a health epidemic.
  • Other conditions deemed to be extraordinary and temporary as identified by the Department of Homeland Security.

TPS provides the following benefits:

  • You will not be removed from the United States if you are found preliminarily eligible.
  • You can obtain an employment authorization document
  • You may be given travel authorization

Unfortunately, TPS does not allow for recipients to adjust their status to lawful permanent residence. In contrast though, apply for or receiving TPS does not prevent you from pursuing other options that could provide you a better immigration situation.

Help is Here. Don’t delay!

TPS is a very technical area of immigration law that involves designation dates, registration periods, deadlines, and work authorization. Please contact us today if you’d like assistance or additional information! USCIS also offers assistance through fee waivers. While this process can be complicated and time consuming, it is important to remember that help is available.