Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a time-limited status given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States when circumstances in their home country make it unsafe to return. The status is afforded to nationals from countries affected by armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions, and allows eligible individuals to live and work in the United States temporarily. The length of a TPS designation may be from 6 to 18 months and can be extended for many years. At least 60 days prior to expiration of the TPS designation, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security must announce whether he/she will extend or end the TPS designation. Announcements on whether TPS designations will be extended are posted online at www.federalregister.gov or www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status.
As of December 2022, the following countries are currently designated for TPS:
- Burma (Myanmar)
- El Salvador
- South Sudan
To confirm whether your country is designated for TPS, please consult your immigration attorney or find a lawyer via https://www.ailalawyer.org