The United States offers protection to those from other countries who believe they’re in danger should they return home. Through temporary protected status (TPS), individuals escaping ongoing armed conflicts such as war, disasters such as hurricanes and other severe situations can stay within the US until conditions improve.
To be eligible for TPS, there are some requirements you must meet. If you’re found eligible, you will not be removable from the US and may also be able to obtain employment authorization within a certain timeframe.
Are You Eligible for Temporary Protected Status?
To be eligible for TPS, you must be a national from a designated country. Currently, refugees from the following countries are eligible:
- South Sudan
- El Salvador
According to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), there are additional requirements. For instance, you must:
- File during the initial registration or re-registration period or you must meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of your country’s TPS designation
- Have been continuously physically present in the US since the designation of your country
- Have been continuously residing in the US since the date specified for your country
- Not have a felony conviction or two or more misdemeanors in the US
- Not be subject to any mandatory bars to asylum due to terrorist activity or the persecution of another individual
The Temporary Protected Status Application Process
To apply for TPS, we recommend reaching out to an immigration attorney for help. They’ll guide you through this application process effectively:
- File a petition: With TPS paperwork in hand, you’ll need to send it to the address indicated by your country. Your paperwork should include your filing fees or the request for a fee waiver.
- USCIS review: The USCIS will receive your application and review it. If you meet the criteria, you’ll receive notice. If the USCIS needs your fingerprints or signatures, they’ll contact you.
- Visit an application support center: You’ll need to attend an appointment at an ASC, where you’ll provide evidence of nationality and proof of your identity.
Upon completion of your ASC appointment and if no other evidence is required, you’ll receive your approval or denial.