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Temporary Protected Status

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Link: uscis.gov


What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

Temporary Protection Status (TPS) is an immigration status that is given to people from certain nationalities that are eligible must meet certain criteria. It is the Attorney General that decides what countries whose citizens present in the US can take advantage of this temporary immigration status.

What are the benefits of TPS?

The main benefits of this status is the possibility of being granted a working permit for an initial period of 18 months and the suspension or provisional closing of any deportation procedures. It is very important, however, to understand that the TPS is a temporary measure, which does not start any process to obtain the permanent residence, also known as the green card. The TPS could or not be renewed at the end of its initial issuance. The decision is made by the Attorney General and it is based on the changes that the country has gone through. If it is renewed, generally the new issuance is valid for another 12 months. If it is not renewed then the status is considered finished and those that which were enjoying the status will come back to the immigration status held before the TPS either student, working visa, beneficiary of family petition, asylum seeker etc.

Where are the laws for TPS?

The text of the law is in the Section 244 of the INS (INS § 244) The regulations that implement the TPS are under 8 C.F.R. 244. The TPS is designed to cover countries that are under armed conflict.