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Temporary protected status (TPS) is a designation that the Secretary of Homeland Security can assign to any country that meets certain safety conditions.

TPS Qualifications and Benefits

TPS may be granted to nationals of countries that meet the following temporary conditions:

  • Armed conflict, such as civil war
  • Epidemic or natural disaster
  • Certain other extraordinary conditions

When an individual has been determined eligible after an initial review of their case, they can obtain an employment authorization and travel authorization, and they cannot be removed from the United States. Further, those granted TPS cannot be detained by the Department of Homeland Security due to their immigration status.

TPS – Haiti

Haiti’s temporary protected status extends through August 3, 2024, for anyone granted benefits based on the most recent designation. If you want to keep your TPS, you have 60 days to re-register. The renewal period started January 26, 2023, and extends through March 27, 2023. Anyone submitting a new Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-821) based on the February 4, 2023, designation has 18 months to register. That timeframe goes from January 26, 2023, through August 3, 2024.

TPS – South Sudan

South Sudan will continue to be eligible for TPS through November 3, 2023. The timeframe for individuals needing to re-register or renew their TPS ended on May 3, 2022. However, new applications will be accepted through November 3, 2023.

It’s understandable if you are confused or overwhelmed by all the deadlines and requirements involved. If you need assistance with the re-registration process for renewing your TPS, the immigration lawyer Jason A. Dennis is happy to help.

TPS Eligibility

Aside from being a national of a country that has been designated for temporary protected status and filing within the given time periods, there are other eligibility requirements for obtaining TPS. You must have been present in the United States continuously for a specific period of time.

There are also things that can disqualify you from obtaining TPS, including the following:

  • A felony conviction in the United States
  • Two or more misdemeanors in the United States
  • Inadmissible due to security reasons
  • Participated in terrorism or inciting terrorist activity

For more information about temporary protected status or for assistance with filing TPS forms, call the Law Office of Jason A. Dennis at (347) 868-6100.