Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

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Obtaining a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) can be complicated task and requires excellent attention to the details of your case. Therefore, we recommend you to contact a Chicago Temporary Protected Status attorney for an immediate consultation.

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

Temporary Protected Status is a temporary status designated by the United States government for nationals of foreign countries where temporary conditions in the country prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely.

The country may be designated for TPS if one of the following conditions is met:

  • Ongoing armed conflict
  • There has been an environmental disaster (flood, epidemic, earthquake, etc.)
  • Other extraordinary and temporary conditions.

The list of designated TPS countries can be accessed through the following link https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status

TPS Facts

  • TPS is granted for a period from 6 to 18 months and may be extended if conditions that led to the TPS designation are not resolved.
  • TPS holders are eligible for employment authorization
  • TPS holders can travel abroad but must apply for travel document
  • TPS holders may adjust their status to permanent resident
  • TPS holders may apply for asylum

Who is Eligible to Obtain TPS?

  • You must prove the identity and nationality of the TPS-designated country, or habitual residence in TPS county if you are stateless. The following evidence can be used to prove nationality:
      1. Passport
      2. Birth Certificate along with the photo ID
      3. National Identity Document
      4. Affidavit if you cannot obtain the documents listed above
  • Presence in the United States since the date of designation country for TPS. To establish residence in the U.S. you can use the documents listed below:
      1. Employment records
      2. School records
      3. Rent Receipts
      4. Bank Records
      5. Tax Returns
  • You cannot be convicted for a felony or two or more misdemeanors.
  • You must register for TPS within a specific period which includes completing Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status) and submitting supporting documents. It is important to remember that you must re-register to maintain your Temporary Protected Status every time the TPS is renewed.

Can I apply for Temporary Protected Status if I missed the initial deadline for registration?

You may be eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status if the initial registration deadline was missed upon showing a good cause for late registration. Application for late registration must be filed within 60 days immediately following the expiration or termination of the status. All requirements listed above apply to late filing.