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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows immigrants from countries in turmoil to live and work temporarily in the United States. This slide share presentation covers the latest filing deadlines, registration dates, and fees as of October 2016.
The turmoil facing immigrants from TPS designated nations may be due to a huge national disaster, a major civil war, or other severe conditions. When the home country’s conditions improve, the right to stay in the U.S. ends.
At present, there are 13 designated nations: El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
On September 22, 2016, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the decision to terminate TPS benefits for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone.
The widespread transmission of the Ebola Virus that led to their Temporary Protected Status is now under sufficient control, allowing immigrants from these nations to return in safety. Their TPS designation will expire on May 21, 2017.
Various countries have applied for TPS designation and still await a final decision: Pakistan, the Philippines, and Guatemala. In addition, a strong case can be made for Venezuela.
If you’re unable to safely return home due to an natural disaster, civil strife, or other severe conditions, the Immigration Law Offices of Carlos Batara will help explore your options and guide your journey to immigration success.