Temporary Protected Status Generally
The following guide is intended for applicants for Temporary Protected Status from a designated country.
GenerallyTemporary 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 if:
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 PeriodWhen 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.
EligibilityTo 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.