Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of temporary immigration relief that is available to people from specific countries that the Department of Homeland Security has designated to be unsafe to return to for reasons such as war or environmental disasters. If you are interested in learning more about TPS, contact our office to discuss this form of immigration relief with a TPS application attorney.
The following is a list of countries that are currently designated for TPS:
- El Salvador
- South Sudan
In order to be eligible for TPS, you must:
- Be a national of a country designated for TPS or a person without nationality who last lived in the designated country;
- File during the open initial registration or re-registration period or demonstrate that you meet the requirements for a late initial filing;
- Have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since the effective date of the most recent designation date of your country; and
- Have been continuously residing in the U.S. since the date specified for your country.
If you believe you may be eligible for TPS, please call us to speak to a Temporary Protected Status lawyer in Tampa, FL who will evaluate your eligibility for TPS.
It is important to keep in mind that TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or grant any other immigration status. However, as someone who has registered for TPS, you may still seek other immigration relief if available such as adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition.
Additionally, if you are found to be eligible for TPS, you are not removable from the U.S., can obtain employment authorization, and may be grated travel authorization. Once you are granted TPS, you also cannot be detained by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the basis of your immigration status in the U.S.
If you are interested in applying for TPS, please call our firm to schedule a consultation with a Tampa TPS Application Lawyer.