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Who is eligible for temporary protected status?

There are countries across the globe with citizens who are suffering from emergencies including natural disasters, civil wars and protracted unrest. In 1990, The U.S. Congress established temporary protected status (TPS) for migrants from countries in humanitarian crisis.

Over the last three decades, politicians from both sides of the aisle have supported TPS and allowed migrants to stay in the United States for eighteen months, which the government can renew at any time.

Currently, there are 10 countries designated for TPS, including El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. On July 5, Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen M. Nielsen extended designation for Yemen through March 3, 2020.

Eligibility for TPS

Migrants interested in the status must meet specific requirements. They have to submit an application to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) within the initial or late resignation periods and meet other conditions such as:

  • Be a national of a country designated for TPS, or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in one of the countries designated for TPS
  • Have no convictions of a felony or two or more misdemeanors in the U.S.
  • Have been continuously residing in the U.S. since the date specified for your country
  • Not firmly resettled in a third country
  • Not have persecuted others in your home country
  • Do not pose a national security threat

If you meet the requirements for TPS, you may file the necessary forms, evidence and fees for the application. Evidence includes proof of identity, date of entry and continuous residence evidence. The documents must be in English or include an English translation.

The application process

After you submit the proper documentation, USCIS reviews the application and decides if the application will be accepted. If the application is approved, USCIS contacts the applicant to collect photographs, a signature and fingerprints. Migrants interested in applying for TPS may find more information on the UISCIS website or by talking with a skilled immigration lawyer.

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