It is often impossible for people to return to the country of their birth safely. Wars, natural disasters, political upheaval and other events can make returning a dangerous undertaking. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) exists to help nationals from certain countries avoid these dangers. Recently, additional countries have been added to the TPS eligible list.
In a word, no. Temporary Protected Status is limited to people from countries designated by the United States Secretary of Homeland Security. It is only for people who have been in the United States ever since the most recent time their country was included on the list of TPS eligible places.
Finally, Temporary Protected Status can be withheld from people based on their personal conduct, even if they would otherwise be eligible.
The individual in power has a strong impact on the application of Temporary Protected Status. With the new administration has come an expansion of the TPS program.
The Department of Homeland Security has added immigrants from Venezuela and Myanmar to the list of people who can seek Temporary Protected Status. There are now 12 countries whose nationals are eligible for protection, including:
- El Salvador
- South Sudan
Changing circumstances mean other countries may be added in the future. Disasters like earthquakes, floods or extended droughts can make it unsafe for nationals to return. Myanmar was added based on the military coup that has led to rampant violence.
When these conditions arise, the government can add the affected countries to prevent people from being deported into a place that can’t safely accept them.
In addition to expanding the list of countries, the Biden administration is trying to make it easier for the people who receive Temporary Protected Status to become lawful permanent residents. They are seeking to shorten the normal time period before a green card holder can apply to become a US citizen.
The process for getting TPS is not easy. Applicants must have a good understanding of the process and required evidence to get relief from the threat of deportation. Submitting an application in time to meet the legal deadlines can make all the difference.
If you are facing deportation and come from a country on the list above, you should learn more about the possibility of TPS. We can help you understand your rights. If you are eligible, we can help you through the process. Call us today at 972-445-7577 or send us a message to get started.