Temporary Protected Status General Information
The following guide provides basic information regarding the Temporary Protected Status program.
What is TPS?Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary status that the U.S. government grants to persons already in the United States that are from countries determined unsafe for return.
Country Eligibility RequirementsCounties are considered unsafe for return if the following conditions are met:
There is ongoing armed conflict within the country; or
A natural or environmental disaster has led to a substantial but temporary disruption of living conditions; or
Other extraordinary and temporary conditions prevent persons from returning to the country in safety.
Time DesignationWhen the United States designates a country for TPS status, it will also designate a time period in which persons from that country must register for TPS benefits and as well as a termination date.
During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases:
Are not removable from the United States
Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD)
May be granted travel authorization
Applicant Eligibility RequirementsTo establish your eligibility for TPS, you must:
provide proof of your identity;
provide proof that you are a national of a TPS-designated country;
provide proof that you have been continuously living in the United States since the date of TPS-designation;
register within the designated registration period; and
not be subject to certain security and criminal grounds that make you inadmissible.
Disqualifying FactorsYou may NOT be eligible for TPS or to maintain your existing TPS if you:
Have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States;
Are found inadmissible as an immigrant under applicable grounds in INA section 212(a), including non-waivable criminal and security-related grounds;
Are subject to any of the mandatory bars to asylum;
Fail to meet the continuous physical presence and continuous residence in the United States requirements;
Fail to meet initial or late initial TPS registration requirements; or
If granted TPS, you fail to re-register for TPS, as required, without good cause.
Filing ProcessTo register or re-register for TPS you must file:
Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Identity and Nationality Evidence
Date of Entry Evidence
Continuously Residing (CR) Evidence