Temporary Protected Status
Temporary protected status is given to foreign countries by the Secretary of Homeland Security due to conditions in the country that will temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning to the country safely, or when the country cannot adequately handle the return of its nationals. USCIS may give TPS to nationals of certain eligible countries who are already in the United States.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may allow a country TPS status if the country:
- 1) has ongoing armed conflict
- 2) is going through an environmental disaster or epidemic,
- 3) has any other extraordinary and temporary conditions. \
If an individual is a TPS beneficiary or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases are:
- 1) not removable from the United States
- 2) able to obtain an employment authorization document
- 3) allowed to be granted travel authorization
Just because one has TPS status does not mean that they are sure to become a lawful permanent resident or receive any other immigration status. Alternatively, TPS does not prevent a holder from:
- 1) applying for nonimmigrant status
- 2) filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition
- 3) applying for any other immigration benefit or protection for which they may be eligible.