Temporary Protected Status is a temporary immigration status that the government can use to protect people from being deported back to their home country due to a war or natural disaster.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may choose a foreign country for temporary protected status due to some serious conditions in the country that prevent the citizens from returning securely. USCIS may approve Temporary Protected Status to eligible nationals of certain countries, who are already staying in the United States. individuals without nationality who last lived in the designated country may also be considered for TPS.
The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to the following temporary situations in the country:
During a designated period, individuals who are TPS holders or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases (prima facie eligible):
Countries Currently Designated for TPS
Select the country link for additional specific country information.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary legal status approved to eligible nationals of designated countries who are staying in the United States. The status, approved to nationals from some countries affected by insecurities, allows persons to live and work in the United States for limited times.Source: U.S. Department of State
To be eligible for Temporary Protected Status in the USA, you must:
You may NOT be eligible for TPS or to maintain your existing TPS if you:
Find the TPS application steps detailed below.
Step 1: File Your Petition
Step 2: USCIS Receives Your Application
Step 3: USCIS Contacts You
Step 4: Go to the ASC
Step 5: USCIS Determines Work Eligibility
Step 6: USCIS Adjudicates the Application Step 7: USCIS Approves or Denies the ApplicationSource: U.S. Department of State
You must submit the essential forms, evidence, filing fees, or fee waiver request when filing your Temporary Protected Status. Below is information about what you must submit in your TPS. Please also check your country’s exact TPS webpage to the left to see if there are any special filing instructions exact to your TPS-designated country.
The following table explains the different types of evidence you can provide.
No Primary Evidence
TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. However, registration for TPS does not prevent you from: