Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Winter Park Immigration Attorneys Serving Orlando, FL
Temporary protected status, or TPS, is a temporary
immigration status to the United States for eligible nationals of designated countries.
Immigrants in the U.S. who are unable to return to their home country
because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster or other
temporary conditions may qualify for TPS. TPS may also be granted in other
situations, including a country that is unable to handle the return of
its nationals adequately.
Who can qualify for TPS?
Eligible nationals of certain countries, or parts of countries, who are
already in the United States may qualify for TPS. Individuals without
nationality who last resided in a TPS designated country may also be granted
TPS. As of 2012, the current countries designated for TPS include: El
Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria.
In order to qualify for TPS, you must:
- Be a national of a TPS designated country, or a person without nationality
who last resided in the designated country
- File during the open initial registration or re-registration period, or
meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of
your country's TPS designation
- Have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since the effective
date of the most recent TPS designation date of your country
- Have been continuously residing in the U.S. since the date specified for
your country. There are exceptions for brief, casual and innocent departures
from the U.S.
You will not be eligible for TPS for any of the following reasons:
- Felony convictions, or two or more misdemeanors committed in the U.S.
- You are found inadmissible as an immigrant under INA 212(a)
- You are subject to any of the mandatory bars to asylum. This includes participating
in the persecution of another person or engaging in or inciting terrorist activity
- You fail to meet the continuous physical presence and continuous residence
- You fail to meet initial or late initial TPS registration requirements
- If granted TPS, you fail to re-register for TPS, when required
TPS is only a temporary immigration status and does not lead to lawful
permanent resident status. In order to be granted other immigration benefits,
you must still meet the qualifying requirements.
Filing a TPS Application
Filing a TPS application requires a great deal of forms and legal documentation.
In order to be granted TPS, you must supply evidence of your identity
and nationality, date of entry evidence, and evidence of your continuous
residence in the U.S. As applications require clear and sufficient evidence
for TPS approval, it is essential that you work with an attorney who has
experience in compiling applications and accurately completing forms.
Applying for TPS? Contact Our Winter Park Immigration Firm!
Robert Brown LLC will help anyone interested in applying for TPS successfully complete
all the necessary forms and gather all the required evidence. U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services has many requirements and procedures that must
be fulfilled. With the help of an attorney from our firm, you can quickly
and correctly file your application in order to be granted temporary protected status.
Our legal team can also provide experienced and knowledgeable assistance
for other immigration issues you may be facing. To learn more,
contact our Winter Park firm today.