Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a designation by the Secretary of Homeland Security for countries that experience various conditions that prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely. These include:
- Armed conflict such as civil war
- Environment disasters
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions
To be eligible for TPS, you must:
- Be a TPS designated country national or an individual without nationality who previously resided in the designated country.
- File during open registration or re-registration.
- Have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since the effective date of the most recent designation of your country.
- Have been continuously residing in the U.S. since the date specified for your country.
For a list of current TPS countries, click here.
If you wish to register or re-register for TPS but still have questions, or you’ve missed important deadlines for registration, reach out to an immigration attorney who can help you navigate the TPS process. Be wary of scams that try to take advantage of individuals with promises of filing your application for you and then charging you large sums of money.