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Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries (or parts thereof). Currently the designated countries are: El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria. The Attorney General may provide TPS to aliens in the United States who are temporarily unable to return to their homeland because of on-going armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. During the period for which the Attorney General has designated a country under the TPS program, TPS beneficiaries are not required to leave the United States and may obtain work authorization. However, TPS does not lead to permanent resident status. When the Attorney General terminates a country's TPS designation, beneficiaries return to the same immigration status they maintained before TPS (unless that status had since expired or been terminated) or to any other status they may have acquired while registered for TPS. Accordingly, if an alien had unlawful status prior to receiving TPS and did not obtain any status during the TPS period, the alien will revert to that unlawful status upon the termination of TPS designation.


Applicants who have been convicted of a felony or two or more misdemeanors in the United Stats may not be eligible for TPS and may lose TPS status. Applicants who are found inadmissible as an immigrant under applicable grounds in section 212(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, including non-waivable criminal and security-related grounds may be ineligible for TPS or may lose TPS status. Applicants who are subject to any of the mandatory bars to asylum may be ineligible for TPS or may lose TPS status upon such a finding. These grounds for ineligibility include, but are not limited to, participating in the persecution of another individual or engaging in or inciting terrorist activity. Applicants who fail to meet the continuous physical presence and continuous residence in the United States requirements may be ineligible for TPS or lose TPS status. Applicants who fail to meet initial or late initial TPS registration requirements may be ineligible for TPS or lose TPS status. If granted TPS, and you fail to re-register for TPS, as required, without good cause, you may be ineligible to receive TPS.