In some situations, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may designate a certain foreign country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as a result of the country’s current conditions. These conditions might either prevent foreign nationals from safety returning to the country, or, in some circumstances, render the country unable to adequately handle the return of its nationals. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) may grant TPS to nationals of certain countries or to individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country. Some examples of temporary conditions that might necessitate TPS include the following:
- Ongoing armed conflict, such as civil war
- Environmental disaster, such as earthquake or hurricane
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions
Receiving a grant of TPS provides an individual with certain immigration-related benefits, as follows:
- Not subject to removal from the U.S.
- Eligible for employment authorization document (EAD)
- May be eligible for travel authorization
- Cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of immigration status
TPS is, by nature, a temporary status. It does not automatically entitle you to any other type of legal status. However, TPS does not prevent you from applying for relief for which you are otherwise eligible, such as applying for nonimmigrant status or filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant status. Likewise, being eligible for another type of immigration relief does not automatically qualify you for TPS. Countries that currently have TPS status include Nepal, Honduras, Liberia, El Salvador, Guinea, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Syria, although some of these designations are scheduled to expire in 2017. Nationals of Haiti recently had TPS due to the earthquake, but that designation has now expired. No matter what type of defense is a possibility in your case, we are here to help you during your deportation proceedings and avoid deportation. We are experienced California deportation defense lawyers who know immigration law and know how to effectively represent your interests in your deportation case. We will build a strong case for any and all defenses that are available on your behalf. Call our office today and learn what the attorneys of Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., can do to help you and your family.