General Information on TPS

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of lawful non-immigrant status for foreign nationals; in effect, it creates a temporary “safe haven” in the United States for certain foreign nationals currently in the country.

TPS is available to nationals (and habitual residents) of certain countries that have been designated for TPS due to ongoing temporary conditions in those countries. TPS is, by its name and nature, a temporary designation: it is established for a period of six to 18 months, but extensions are possible.

The secretary of the Department of Homeland Security determines which countries shall be granted TPS due to conditions that would make it inhumane for the United States to repatriate aliens to those countries, such as:

  • armed conflict (e.g. war, rebellion, genocide)
  • an environmental disaster (e.g. an earthquake, tsunami, epidemic

Recipients of TPS are granted several benefits during the TPS period

  • protection from removal or deportation
  • employment authorization for up to a year
  • immunity from status-related detention
  • ability to travel abroad with advance permission
  • eligibility for Adjustment of Status (and Cancellation of Removal later)

Please see the list of countries below whose nationals have been granted TPS. If you or a loved one meets the basic requirements, please contact us today for a free consultation to learn more about your eligibility for TPS.

Current TPS Countries and Requirements

Country In U.S. Since: Set to Expire On:
El Salvador Mar 9, 2001 Mar 9, 2012*
Haiti Jan 12, 2010 Jul 12, 2011
Honduras Jan 5, 1999 Jan 5, 2010*
Nicaragua Jan 5, 1999 Jan 5, 2010*
Somalia Sep 4, 2001 Mar 17, 2011
Sudan Oct 7, 2004 Nov 2, 2011

*Please Note: Countries marked with an (*) have recently extended the window to apply for TPS so contact our Immigration Firm today with any questions regarding gaining access to the United States.