Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Special Protection for Foreign Nationals From Certain Countries
When another country or part of a country become subject to extremely dangerous
conditions, such as warfare that places its citizens' lives in danger,
the United States may grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to that country.
Foreign nationals from that country can then secure temporary removal/deportation
relief as TPS beneficiaries. TPS beneficiaries can be individuals who
are actual nationals of the protected country, or they can be individuals
who last maintained permanent residence in that country. Once foreign
nationals are recognized as TPS beneficiaries, they cannot be detained
by ICE for immigration status reasons or deported from the U.S. for a
certain period of time. The U.S. government must also grant these individuals
employment authorization documents (EADs) and authorization to travel.
Here are some of the various situations that may result in TPS being granted,
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS):
- The country is subject to armed conflict that is ongoing, such when there
is civil war.
- The country has been struck by a natural disaster, such as a major hurricane.
- The country is undergoing a serious epidemic.
- There are other extreme yet temporary conditions that are affecting the country.
It should be noted that being recognized as a TPS beneficiary does not
give a foreign national the status of a lawful permanent resident, nor
does it provide asylum status. If the foreign national would like to obtain
either of these statuses, he or she will have to fill out the appropriate
applications. For a list of the countries that have been granted TPS, click
Assistance from a Knowledgeable Virginia Immigration Attorney
A Virginia immigration lawyer from Fayad Law, P.C. can provide you with
effective legal guidance considering your options for claiming protection
as a TPS beneficiary. If you are eligible for this type of a protection,
we can assist you with each step of the legal process. We represent foreign
nationals who are dealing with all types of
removal/deportation defense issues, as well as other
immigration law issues. To ensure that your immigration needs are being properly met,
contact Fayad Law, P.C. for legal support!