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Temporary Protected Status

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:

  • Afghanistan
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cameroon
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Ukraine
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

To confirm whether your country is designated for TPS, please consult your immigration attorney or find a lawyer via https://www.ailalawyer.org

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Supreme Court Rules Against Immigrants Once Again

TSupreme Court Rules Against Immigrants Once Againhis Monday, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously against the thousands of immigrants living in the United States for humanitarian reasons, ruling them ineligible for permanent residency if they entered the country unlawfully. Justice Elena Kagan wrote the opinion, declaring that permanent residency and TPS designation are separate immigration tracks that can only merge if the TPS recipient entered the United States legally. 

The case, Sanchez v. Mayorkas, was brought before the court by Jose Sanchez and Sonia Gonzalez. The two El Salvadorian natives entered the United States unlawfully in the late 1990s, but were granted Temporary Protected Status after earthquakes devastated their home country in 2001. This designation protects individuals from deportation to countries affected by armed conflicts and natural disasters. The married couple then applied for green cards in 2014. This application was rejected, and the pair sued. The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled against them, referring to the permanent residency eligibility requirement that applicants be “inspected and admitted” into the United States. According to Judge Thomas M Hardiman, the Temporary Protected Status designation “does not constitute an admission.” The Supreme Court upheld this decision. 

Despite this judicial setback, the House of Representatives have already passed legislation that would make it possible for TPS recipients to become permanent residents. Its future in the Senate is uncertain, but the move is supported by President Biden and his administration. If passed, it would allow thousands of immigrants who have made this country their home to continue living and thriving within the United States. 


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USCIS Extends Haitian TPS for Six Months; Re-Registration Required

USCIS extended TPS for eligible Haitian for six months. All currently enrolled Haitian TPS recipients MUST RE-REGISTER by July 24, 2017. The new registration will allow the applicant to apply for a new work permit (employment authorization document).

USCIS’s notice regarding the extension warns Haitian TPS recipients to “prepare for their return to Haiti in the event Haiti’s designation is not extended again, including requesting updated travel documents from the government of Haiti.” By November 22, 2017, USCIS “will re-evaluate the designation for Haiti and will determine whether another extension, a redesignation, or a termination is warranted” and will “determine whether Haiti’s TPS designation should continue.”

See USCIS notice (quoted above) at https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/temporary-protected-status-haiti-extended-six-months.

Re-registracion para Salvadorenos con TPS

USCIS abrio el periodo de re-registracion para Salvadorenos con TPS. El periodo es desde el 8 de julio de 2016 hasta el 6 de septiembre de 2016. Para mantener el estatus de TPS, Salvadorenos con TPS tiene que registrarse durante este periodo. Para mas informacion, vea esta pagina en el sitio de USCIS.
USCIS opened the re-registration period for Salvadorans with TPS. The period runs from July 8, 2016 through September 6, 2016. To maintain TPS status, Salvadorans with TPS must register during this period. For more information, see this USCIS page.

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