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With TPS set to expire for many countries in October 2021, what could you expect? 

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status provided to foreign nationals of certain countries who are unable to return due to unsafe or difficult circumstances within the country. Thousands of individuals in the United States are TPS holders.  

What is Temporary Protected Status? 

TPS was created by Congress in the Immigration Act of 1990. TPS provides a work permit, a stay of deportation, and eligibility for travel authorization to foreign nationals from designated countries who are in the United States at the time the United States makes the designation. 

Who is eligible for TPS?

TPS can be granted to an individual who is a national of a designated country, has filed an application during the registration period, has been continuously physically present in the United states since the effective date of the designation, and is not inadmissible to the United States. An applicant’s immigration status at the time of application for TPS or a previous order of removal has no effect on one’s eligibility.  

Which countries currently have TPS? 

  1. El Salvador

  2. Haiti

  3. Honduras

  4. Nepal

  5. Nicaragua

  6. Somalia

  7. South Sudan

  8. Sudan

  9. Syria

  10. Yemen

Does TPS create a path to permanent residence? 

Currently, TPS does not provide a separate path to lawful permanent residence (a green card) or citizenship. However, a TPS recipient may apply for perm