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TPS - Temporary Protected Status

Who is Eligible
Visa Duration
Family Benefits
What Documentation do I need?
What is the Process Like?
What are the U.S. Immigration Service Filing Fees?
What are the Legal Fees?
Where can I get more Information?
Video on TPS


Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status for certain eligible foreign nationals from designated countries. Congress established a procedure that allows the Attorney General of the United States to provide TPS to aliens in the United States who are temporarily unable to return to their homeland because of environmental disasters, ongoing armed conflicts or other extraordinary conditions.

Who Is Eligible

The Attorney General currently has designated citizens of Nicaragua, Angola, Sierra Leone, Burundi, Somalia, El Salvador, Sudan, Honduras and Montserrat as eligible to register for TPS. Below are the requirements that must be met by applicants for TPS:

  • Applicants must establish continuous physical presence and continuous residence in the United States for a period of time identified by the relevant regulation;
  • Applicants must be subject to several criminal and security-related bars; and
  • Applicants must register for TPS benefits within the time period identified by the relevant regulation. (Note: If the TPS designation is extended beyond the initial designation period, the beneficiary must timely re-register to maintain his or her benefits under the TPS program.)

Visa Duration

Generally TPS is granted or extended on an annual basis at the discretion of the Attorney General's Office.


Generally TPS is granted or extended on an annual basis at the discretion of the Attorney General's Office.

Family Benefits

If approved the applicant cannot be removed or deported from the U.S. and the applicant receives employment authorization for a specified period of time. Each member of the family must meet the eligibility requirements and apply independently to receive the benefits of TPS.

What Documentation Do I Need?

  • Evidence that the applicant has registered for TPS prior to the extension announced by The U.S. Immigration Service on May 1, 2002. (This can be an Employment Authorization Document)
  • Evidence that the applicant has been present in the U.S. as of January 5, 1999 and has continually resided in the U.S. since December 1998
  • Proof that you have registered for TPS in the past (unless you are eligible for late registration)
  • Birth Certificate
  • Two passport-size photographs on white background

What is the Process like?

Stage One:
Prepare and submit application and supporting documentation with the appropriate U.S. Immigration Service center:

  • Form I-821 and Form I-765
  • Evidence that applicant has been present in the U.S. as of the appropriate date and has continually resided in the U.S. since that time
  • Proof that you have registered for TPS in the past (unless you are eligible for late registration).
  • Birth certificate or supporting evidence of identity and nationality
  • Evidence of residency
  • Two passport-size photographs on white background
  • The U.S. Immigration Service Filing Fees

Stage Two:
Receive work authorization card in the mail (this can take 90-120 days depending on the individual U.S. Immigration Service center processing times and work load)

What are the USCIS Filing Fees?

Fees for form I-821, I-765 and fingerprints (click here to verify the U.S. Immigration Service fees as these change regularly.

What are the Legal Fees?

Click here to learn more about our fee structure.
Click here if you would like to come in for a free initial consultation.

Where Can I Get More Information?

The USCIS on Temporary Protected Status

Guidance on Late Initial Registration for TPS Applicants

Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility