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People from certain designated countries are eligible for Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”). Individuals granted TPS are eligible to remain in the United States during the period of TPS. They are able to work, travel (in certain circumstances), and they are not permitted to be deported from the United States.
Certain countries are on the list of TPS designates. Currently, there are eight countries designated for TPS status, the most recent of which is Haiti. The attorneys at our NJ immigration law firm are able assist the TPS applicant throughout the process. Also, we keep ourselves current with any and all changes that occur during the applicant’s country’s designation program.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.
The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to the following temporary conditions in the country:
During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases (prima facie eligible):
Once granted TPS, an individual also cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status in the United States.
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:
As stated above, there currently are eight eligible countries for TPS: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Syria.
To be eligible for TPS, you must:
You may NOT be eligible for TPS or to maintain your existing TPS if you:
If you are not sure whether you are eligible for TPS, or if you need assistance with the application process, contact the law firm of Helmer, Conley & Kasselman to speak with one of our experienced NJ immigration attorneys.
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