Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration benefit that allows qualified individuals from designated countries (or parts of those countries) who are in the United States to stay here for a limited time period. A TPS country designation may be based on on-going armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country.
During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases:
- 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.
TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. When a designation of TPS concludes, beneficiaries return to the same immigration status they maintained before TPS or any other status they may have acquired during enrollment in TPS. If an alien had unlawful status prior to receiving TPS and did not obtain any status during the time it is in effect, the alien will return to the illegal status at the time of finalization of the designation of TPS.
Countries Currently Designated for TPS: El Salvador, Haití, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan y Siria.
If you think you are eligible for TPS, call IACO at 973-472-4648.
For more information about TPS, go to USCIS web page.