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What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and How To Register for TPS

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and How To Register for TPS

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a time-limited status given to eligible nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States

when circumstances in their home country make it unsafe to return. The status is afforded to nationals from countries affected by armed conflict, natural disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions, and allows eligible individuals to live and work in the United States temporarily. The length of a TPS designation may be from 6 to 18 months and can be extended for many years.

At least 60 days prior to expiration of the TPS designation, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security must announce whether he/she will extend or end the TPS designation. Announcements on whether TPS designations will be extended are posted online at or https:// You can get assistance by relying on an immigration attorney at Roach and Bishop to help navigate registering for Temporary Protected Status. 

As of December 2022, the following countries are currently designated for TPS:

  • Afghanistan
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cameroon
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Indian Venezuela
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • South Sudan
  • Sudan
  • Syria
  • Yemen

To confirm whether your country is designated for TPS, please consult your immigration attorney at Roach and Bishop, LLC.

How to Register for TPS:temporary protected status information

To register for TPS, you must fill out Form I-821, pay the required fee, and submit all supporting documentation and evidence required by USCIS. USCIS will then send you a receipt notice confirming the submission of your application and a notice to take biometrics (fingerprints) at a USCIS office. Eventually, USCIS will send its decision on the case. If you receive TPS from USCIS, you will be permitted to work in the United States and to travel upon a grant of advance permission to travel.

You may register late for TPS during an extension of your country’s TPS designation period, although you must satisfy one of USCIS’s requirements for a late filing, as well as all TPS eligibility requirements described above. If you intend to submit a late initial application, it is recommended that you consult with your attorney before submitting your application.

You Cannot Qualify for TPS if You:

  • Have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States;
  • Are found inadmissible under the immigration laws, including for non-waivable criminal and security-related grounds;
  • Are subject to any of the mandatory bars to asylum. These include, but are not limited to, participating in the persecution of another individual or engaging in or inciting terrorist activity;
  • Do not meet the continuous physical presence and continuous residence requirements described above;
  • Do not meet initial or late initial TPS registration requirements Do not re-register for TPS without good cause.

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For more information about TPS or any other benefit you may qualify for, including Deferred Enforcement Departure, please do not hesitate to contact our office at Roach & Bishop LLC in Pasco, WA. 

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