Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an immigration designation given to foreign countries due to "conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately" (USCIS). 

 

who is eligible?

To be eligible for TPS, you must:

  1. Be a national of a country designated for TPS, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country;
  2. File during the open initial registration or re-registration period, or you meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of your country’s TPS designation;
  3. Have been continuously physically present in the US since the effective date of the most recent designation date of your country; and
  4. Have been continuously residing (CR) in the United States since the date specified for your country. The law allows an exception to the continuous physical presence and continuous residence requirements for brief, casual and innocent departures from the United States. 

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what countries are included?

El SalvadorHaitiHondurasNepalNicaraguaSomaliaSudanSouth SudanSyriaYemen.


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what to do if tps is cancelled

Click on the following resources from CLINIC to learn more.

Making Sense of the Administration’s Decisions on TPS

This quick guide will assist TPS holders in understanding DHS decisions on TPS, including terminations and indecisions. The guide also offers seven steps TPS holders can take to prepare and provides helpful links to resources.


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more resources (from clinic)

Haiti:

  • Received an 18-month termination. The last day of TPS for Haiti is July 22, 2019.
  • Haitian TPS work authorization is automatically extended for 180 days, until July 21, 2018.
  • Haitian TPS holders with a pending TPS application as of Jan. 18, 2018 need not apply again. If approved, TPS will be granted until the termination date, July 22, 2019.

El Salvador:

  • Received an 18-month termination. The last day of TPS for El Salvador is Sept. 9, 2019.
  • Salvadoran TPS work authorization is automatically extended for 180 days, until Sept. 5, 2018.
  • Salvadoran TPS holders with a pending TPS application as of Jan. 18, 2018 need not apply again. If approved, TPS will be granted until the termination date, Sept. 9, 2019.