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Understanding Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a vital humanitarian program that provides temporary immigration relief and protection to individuals from designated countries facing ongoing armed conflict, natural disasters, or other extraordinary conditions. At KPB Immigration Law Firm, we recognize the importance of TPS in providing stability and security to vulnerable populations. In this article, we'll explore the key aspects of TPS and how our firm can assist individuals in seeking relief under this program.

Understanding Temporary Protected Status (TPS):

TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible individuals from designated countries that are deemed unsafe or unable to adequately handle the return of their nationals due to ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, epidemics, or other extraordinary conditions. TPS beneficiaries are allowed to live and work lawfully in the United States for a specified period, during which they are protected from deportation and can obtain employment authorization.

Key Features of TPS:

  • Designated Countries: The Secretary of Homeland Security has the authority to designate countries for TPS based on specific criteria, including ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other extraordinary conditions. Designations are made on a country-by-country basis and may be renewed or terminated as conditions in the country change.
  • Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for TPS, individuals must be nationals of a designated country or stateless individuals who last habitually resided in the designated country. They must also meet certain eligibility criteria, such as continuous physical presence in the United States since the effective date of the TPS designation and not having been convicted of certain crimes.
  • Application Process: Individuals seeking TPS must file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), along with any required supporting documentation and fees. USCIS will review the application and determine eligibility for TPS benefits.
  • Benefits of TPS: TPS beneficiaries are granted temporary protection from deportation and are eligible to receive employment authorization documents (EADs), allowing them to work legally in the United States during the designated TPS period. TPS beneficiaries may also be eligible for certain other benefits, such as travel authorization and driver's licenses.

How KPB Immigration Law Firm Can Assist You:

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) provides critical relief and protection to individuals from designated countries facing extraordinary conditions. With the assistance of KPB Immigration Law Firm, individuals can navigate the complexities of the TPS application process and obtain the stability and security they need to rebuild their lives in the United States. If you believe you may be eligible for TPS or have questions about the program, contact us today for a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. We are here to help you seek relief and stability under TPS.