What Is Temporary Protection Status?

The Law Offices of Joseph A. Romano, P.C. on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Immigration has been a big part of the President's policy since he was elected to office. One of his talking points has been about removing Temporary Protection Status from certain people currently living in the US. So what is Temporary Protection Status? 

The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for Temporary Protection Status (TPS) due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.  


What is Temporary Protection Status? It's given to citizens of foreign lands that are experiencing negative conditions in their home country and can not safely live there.

Reasons one might be given TPS:

  • Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war)

  • An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane)

  • A Health Epidemic or Crisis

  • Other extraordinary and temporary conditions

TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status; but you can apply for changes in status or citizenship.

TPS allows the following rights:

  • Are not removable from the United States

  • Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD)

  • May be granted travel authorization

  • Once granted TPS, an individual also cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status in the United States.

If you have questions about the information above feel free to email or call our firm. We can help with many immigration related needs including Temporary Protection Status issues. You can also visit the USCIS website for more information.

**This blog post is for informational purposes. Your specific circumstances may vary from the information provided. Every case is different. Prior results do not guarantee future outcomes. The contents contained in this post do not establish an attorney-client relationship. Please contact us before sending confidential or time-sensitive material**

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