Temporary protected status (TPS) is a specific designation made by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. It allows foreign-born people who are unable to return to their home safely to remain in the U.S. for an extended period of time. There are numerous restrictions on when the TPS designation can apply. If you believe you may qualify, reach out to immigration attorney Susan Han to better understand what this may mean for you.
What Does Temporary Protected Status Entail?
The TPS designation is made when a person cannot return to their home country due to the conditions or circumstances there that prevent them from doing so. There are several situations of this type that merit the designation of temporary protected status. These include but are not limited to:
- Environmental disaster occurring in that area, such as a hurricane or earthquake
- An epidemic occurring in that area at the time
- An ongoing armed conflict, such as a civil war occurring
- Other temporary and extraordinary circumstances
When Can TPS Be Obtained?
When people believe they may be eligible for this type of protection, they must apply for it. It can be granted to a person who is a national of that specifically designated country. However, the individual must also file for status during the specified registration period, which is determined at the same time that it is determined that a country’s circumstances preclude travel to that country. Additionally, the individual must also have been continuously living physically in the US since that designation date.
Understanding How This May Impact Your Immigration Status
There are some core benefits to obtaining temporary protected status. For example, if you fall into this category, you may not be removed from the U.S., nor will you be detained by the Department of Homeland Security based solely on your immigration status. It also means that you may be eligible for travel authorization as well as employment authorization documentation (EAD).
Immigration services like this can be somewhat complex, however. For that reason, it is always best to work with an attorney like Susan Han that specializes in this area to ensure you receive the best level of support available.
There are currently numerous countries with designated TPS status. At the time of this writing, these include Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Nicaragua, Syria, and numerous others. If you are a citizen of one of these countries, you may be able to apply for specific protections under TPS.
Allow Susan Han to Help You with Immigration Status Types
Unsure where you stand? Are you still concerned about how to apply for TPS? That’s common. It is important to reach out to an attorney that offers immigration services as well as non-immigrant visa services. Susan Han is just such an attorney. Ms. Han’s comprehensive immigration services include:
- Green card services
- Immigrant visa services
- Nonimmigrant visa services
- Citizenship and naturalization services
To learn more about whether or not you qualify for TPS, reach out to Ms. Han today. She can work with you to determine if you fall into all of the restrictions and meet the requirements to have this status. If so, it may allow you to remain in the U.S. for an extended amount of time and ensure that you maintain your legal status while here.
Get All of the Help You Need with Immigration Lawyer Susan Han
Understanding your rights and the immigration process is critical but complex. Don’t make assumptions or guess about big decisions, including about temporary protected status. Instead, call Susan Han for more information at 410.599.3100 or connect with her online today.