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Can immigration judge grant Temporary Protected Status outside of the registration & late registration periods?

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The TPS late registration period for Somalia ended on December 31, 2013. Person was in the US in a detention facility on the last day of the registration period and all through the late registration period. Is still detained. Was going to ask for asylum & withholding but that's a long shot.

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  1. No, an immigration judge has does not have the jurisdiction for that. TPS is within the exclusive jurisdiction of USCIS.

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  2. You have to file the application with the USCIS.

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  3. TPS is within the jurisdiction of USCIS, not the immigration judge.

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  4. You can only apply for TPS with USCIS. An immigration judge doesn't have jurisdiction over TPS.


  5. You can assert TPS eligibility as a defense in removal proceedings before the IJ. Have an immigration attorney represent you.

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