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What Is TPS In The United States?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a legal recourse that you can apply for if the country you live in goes through a complex and dangerous situation, and as a consequence, your life is at risk. The U.S. is considered the land of opportunities due to its seemingly economic stability. TPS can be granted to an individual who is a national of a designated country, has filed for status during a specified registration period, and who has been continuously physically present in the U.S. since a designated date.

It is no wonder that the United States has been considered one of the best places to live in the world. However, it is not easy to move to the US and get legal permanent residence. The good news is that your chances do get better with the help of a good immigration law firm.

The circumstances by which the secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security can grant Temporary Protection Status (TPS) to a country, are the following:

  • When there is an armed conflict or civil war.
  • Earthquakes, epidemics, hurricanes, or other natural disasters.
  • Any other situation deemed temporary and extraordinary. 

People coming from TPS countries, who meet the criteria, can take advantage of this immigration benefit.

TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. However, registration for TPS does not prevent you from:

  • Applying for nonimmigrant status.
  • Filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition.
  • Applying for any other immigration benefit or protection for which you may be eligible.

Temporary Protected Status Has been reinstated and extended in 2024!

Recent TPS Designations/Extensions:

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  • In February, 2024, President Biden declared redesignation and extensions of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Venezuelans. Please see this news release.
  • On March 16, 2022, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new designation of Afghanistan for TPS for 18 months. For additional information,  please see the news release
  • On March 3, 2022, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new designation of Ukraine for TPS for 18 months. For additional information, please see the news release.
  • On March 2, 2022, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the extension and redesignation of South Sudan for TPS for 18 months from May 3, 2022, through November 3, 2023.  For additional information, please see the TPS South Sudan page and the Federal Register notice.
  • On March 2, 2022, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced a new designation of Sudan for TPS for 18 months. For additional information, please see the news release.
  • On August 3 2021, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas announced the extensions of the registration periods from 180 days to 18 months for initial (new) applicants under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for Venezuela, Syria, and Burma.  

    • The 18-month registration period for initial applications under the TPS designation for Venezuela now runs through Sept. 9, 2022.
    • The 18-month registration period for initial applications under the redesignation of Syria for TPS now runs through Sept. 30, 2022.
    • The 18-month registration period for initial applications under the TPS designation for Burma (Myanmar) now runs through Nov. 25, 2022.
  • There are several countries that have been given temporary protected status. These include people from Ukraine, Yemen, Nicaragua, Venezuela, South Sudan, Cameroon, Guinea, Burundi, El Salvador, Syria, Haiti, Somalia, Afghanistan, Liberia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Honduras, Myanmar, Nepal, Sudan, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Angola, and Rwanda.
  • Nowadays, many people live in the United States under TPS. Most of them currently live in Washington, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Boston, or Houston.
  • TPS holders reside all over the United States. The largest populations of TPS holders live in California (17.95%), Florida (13.75%), Texas (12.88%), New York (12.33%), and Virginia (6.75%).
  • Today, an estimated 320,000 people hold TPS in the United States from 10 designated countries;
    more than 90 percent of these individuals are from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. TPS is granted for set periods of time ranging from six to 18 months, and decisions as to whether to continue TPS for Honduras, Haiti, and El Salvador must occur by November 6, 2017, November 23, 2017, and January 8, 2018, respectively.
  • It is very important to keep in mind that TPS has an expiration time, just as the name says, it is temporary. TPS can be extended once the clerk evaluates the original conditions of the applicants. If the clerk decides that it is necessary to extend it, then you can do it for 6, 12, or up to 18 months more.
  • These constant revisions should be done at least 2 months before the expiration date. Recently, the secretary of Homeland Security extended TPS for some countries, but not others.
  • Many TPS holders wonder what would happen to them once the TPS designation ends for their country of origin. And it is not just the TPS holders, but people from TPS protected countries who are planning to get one but are not sure about what would happen in the future.
  • In any case, it is important to know that there is a ruling from a California court judge, which forbids the current administration to eliminate TPS for immigrants from certain countries.
  • Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We don’t want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.

Biden extends TPS for Venezuelans

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) serves as a crucial lifeline for individuals facing life-threatening situations in their home countries. Xavier Law Firm understands the intricacies of TPS and provides comprehensive guidance for those seeking this legal recourse from Venezuela and other countries TPS is extended to.

TPS is granted to nationals of designated countries experiencing armed conflict, natural disasters, or other extraordinary circumstances. While it doesn’t lead to permanent resident status, TPS offers a temporary reprieve, allowing individuals to remain in the U.S. and apply for certain benefits.

Recent TPS designations and extensions notably include hispanic countries such as Venezuela, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras. Staying informed about these updates is essential for individuals from designated countries seeking this immigration benefit. Xavier Law Firm ensures applicants are aware of registration periods, helping them navigate the intricate application process.

TPS is granted to individuals from various countries, including Nicaragua, Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, Syria, and more. Xavier Law Firm recognizes the diverse TPS holder population, residing in key locations like California and Texas. As TPS has expiration dates, our firm emphasizes timely evaluations and extensions. The secretary of Homeland Security’s role in extending TPS for specific countries highlights the ongoing assessment of conditions to determine the necessity of extensions. Contact our TPS lawyers in Bellflower, CA today for all immigration matters.

Concerns about the end of TPS for a country are valid, but legal protections exist. A California court ruling prevents the abrupt elimination of TPS for immigrants from certain countries, providing a safeguard for affected individuals. Determining TPS eligibility is a crucial step. Beware of unauthorized practitioners offering assistance; rely on accredited representatives and legal providers for accurate advice. Xavier Law Firm in Bellflower, CA stands ready to assist you during challenging times, ensuring you have the best chance for TPS.

If you find yourself in a vulnerable situation, contemplating a move to the United States, TPS could be your best opportunity. Contact Xavier Law Firm in Bellflower, CA for personalized guidance and navigate the complexities of TPS with confidence. For a consultation with our experienced TPS immigration lawyer, call Xavier Law Firm at (562) 925-2921. 

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