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Who Is Eligible To Get TPS?

Author : Jessica Potter

US Federal Government has always extended help to foreign nationals in the US and non-immigrants at times of trouble, emergency or disaster. Apart from providing financial aids and other relief measures to those in need, the humanitarian gesture of the country is something that is definitely worth commendable.

USCIS, the supreme authority for providing immigration and citizenship related services, takes the responsibility of providing various humanitarian programs and offers protection to those individuals who are in need. Some of the humanitarian benefits that are extended by the USCIS are

• Refugee or Asylum Status
• Protection to Battered Spouse, children and parents; victims of
human trafficking
• Humanitarian Parole
• TPS- Temporary Protected Status
• Special immigrants

This article will be an eye-opener to those who are not actually aware of what the TPS is all about. They might have been hearing, seeing a lot of that word in the USCIS site and immigration related news recently. So this will definitely enlighten those who want to be updated.

TPS – Temporary Protected Status

As per USCIS definition - “The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.”

Who will come under the TPS?

Not everybody can get this help from the USCIS. Check whether you satisfy all of these requirements before applying for the temporary protected status.

• Should be a national of a country that is designated to this status by the USCIS or a habitual resident in that country without nationality.
• Should be able to establish the needed CPP – Continuously Physically Present in the US since the date on which your country was brought under the designated list.
• Should have been Continuously Residing (CR) in the US since the designated date

Those who are applying for this should file in Form I -821 with the USCIS.

When will a country be designated under the TPS?

A country may be placed under the designated country list for this status based on the conditions that may surface in the country on a temporary basis only.

• When there is an armed conflict such as civil war that is ongoing in
the country
• When the country is ravaged by environmental disasters such as
earthquake, hurricane or epidemic
• Any other extraordinary and temporary conditions that is a threat to
life in the country

During this designated period, individuals who are placed under the TPS are not removable from the US, but may get a travel authorization. Additionally, they can obtain an EAD. They cannot be detained by the US Department of Homeland Security based on their immigration status once they have been placed under this status.

One important fact about this status is that it is not a way to get permanent resident status or any other US immigration status. However, any individual applying for this status can also apply for non- immigrant status, adjustment of status (based on an immigrant petition) and any other immigration benefit ( if eligible)

Countries that receive this benefit presently are El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Sudan and South Sudan. The TPS status for these countries is being extended from time- to –time so as to enable the applicants to re-register and get the benefits.

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