Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status provided to immigrants who are from countries experiencing problems. The Department of Homeland Security can implement temporary protected status for immigrants who would be unsafe if deported to their home country. However, only immigrants from countries chosen by Homeland Security qualify for TPS.
How Does Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Work?
The secretary of Homeland Security will grant temporary protected status to countries that are facing ongoing problems. For example, countries facing environmental disasters, armed conflicts, or other extraordinary conditions may be protected.
Which Countries Are Currently Protected by TPS?
As of April 2021, there are eleven countries designated for temporary protected status. These are the countries with TPS:
- El Salvador
- South Sudan
What Are the Benefits of TPS?
Immigrants who qualify for temporary protected status can receive a work permit and remain safe from deportation for a period of time. If you are an immigrant from one of the countries listed above, you may qualify for TPS. However, you will need to prove that you have habitually resided in the United States, and you will need to apply during the open initial registration period.
Since Venezuela was the most recent country added to the TPS list, the TPS for Venezuela will be effective until September 9, 2022. People who want to apply for TPS as a Venezuelan national or recipient must apply between March 9 to September 5, 2021.
Seeking Guidance to Apply for TPS
If you need help applying for temporary protected status, you should contact our team at Revilla Law Firm, P.A.. We have been successfully helping clients throughout Florida with their immigration cases. We know the legal complexities of immigration laws and are ready to help you with your TPS case from beginning to end.