TPS Late Filings
The following guide is intended for applicants looking to obtain 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.
EligibilityTo establish your eligibility for TPS, you must:
o provide proof of your identity;
o provide proof that you are a national of a TPS-designated country;
o provide proof that you have been continuously living in the United States since the date of TPS-designation;
o register within the designated registration period; and
o not be subject to certain security and criminal grounds that make you inadmissible.
FilingTo register or re-register for TPS you must file:
Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
In addition, you must submit the following evidence to show your eligibility:
When filing an initial TPS application, you must submit:
Identity and Nationality Evidence: to demonstrate your identity and that you are a national of a country designated for TPS;
Date of Entry Evidence: to demonstrate when you entered the United States;
Continuously Residing Evidence: to demonstrate that you have been in the United States since the CR date specified for your country.
Late FilingLate Re-Registration for TPS
USCIS may accept a late re-registration application if you have good cause for filing after the end of the re-registration period of your country. You should submit evidence for the "good cause" including a sworn statement.
Late Initial Filing for TPS
To qualify to file your initial TPS application late, you must meet at least one of the late initial filing conditions below:
During either the initial registration period of your country's designation or during any subsequent initial registration period if your country was re-designated you met one of the following conditions, and you register while the condition still exists or within a 60-day period immediately following the expiration or termination of such condition;
You were a nonimmigrant, were granted voluntary departure status, or any relief from removal;
You had an application for change of status, adjustment of status, asylum, voluntary departure, or any relief from removal which was pending or subject to further review or appeal;
You were a parolee or had a pending request for re-parole;
You are a spouse of an individual who is currently eligible for TPS.