The United States has since 1990 granted certain individuals a form of humanitarian relief that is called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). To be eligible you must be a national or citizen of a country that has recently experienced or is experiencing a national disaster or a traumatic civil war or other armed conflict. Before talking to a Tallahassee immigration lawyer, please understand that a grant of TPS is not a grant of permanent resident status in the United States. Anyone with TPS is not eligible to adjust to permanent resident status or obtain citizenship. However, with TPS, you are eligible to receive a work authorization document that will allow you to work legally in the United States. Also, you cannot be deported or removed to you home country while you have TPS status. This information is general and should not be construed as advice so please obtain an in depth consultation with one of our Tallahassee immigration lawyers before deciding on the steps you should take.
In order to be eligible for TPS, the Secretary of Homeland Security must designate your home country as one covered by TPS. As of 2016, the following countries have been designated for TPS status:
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
- El Salvador
In addition to being a citizen or national of one of these nations listed, there are additional requirements and you must submit a timely application. At the Law Office of Matt Liebenhaut, Brandon Smoot, an experienced Talahassee immigration attorney has handled TPS cases and can guide you through the process. Call now for an immediate consultation.