Temporary Protected Status announced for new countries

Last updated on April 21, 2022

Good News! Immigrants from more countries can now apply for a form of protection from deportation called Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

This post explains what TPS is, what countries currently have TPS, and how to apply.  If you are interested in applying for TPS for the first time, you need to apply before the deadlines listed below.

What is TPS? 

TPS is a temporary immigration status provided to individuals from specific countries that are experiencing problems such as war or natural disasters. The U.S. government decides what countries should receive TPS.

What are the benefits of TPS? 

If you receive TPS, you:

  • Cannot be deported from the United States while the TPS is valid
  • Can apply for a work permit
  • Can apply for permission to travel outside of the United States and then return

TPS is temporary and does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or citizenship. However, the U.S. government can decide to extend TPS, so the status can be valid for many years.

Who can receive TPS? 

To receive TPS, you must be from a specific country that is designated by the U.S. government and already be located in the United States at a specific date. You also have to submit an application by a specific date, and re-register if the TPS for your country is extended. The dates are different for each country with TPS. Some people may be able to apply or re-register for TPS late, but you should talk to a lawyer about that possibility.

If you have a criminal history, you should speak to a lawyer before applying for TPS, because some crimes will prevent you from receiving TPS.

What countries has the U.S. government announced new protections for?

  • Afghanistan: Immigrants from Afghanistan who have been in the United States since March 15, 2022 can now apply for TPS. The government has not yet shared details about how to apply, but you can read the announcement here and check the USCIS website here for future updates.
  • Burma (Myanmar): Immigrants from Burma who have been in the United States since March 11, 2021 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for Burma by November 25, 2022. Learn more here.
  • Cameroon: Immigrants from Cameroon who have been in the United States since April 14, 2022 can now apply for TPS. The government has not yet shared details about how to apply, but you can read the announcement here and check the USCIS website here for future updates.
  • Haiti: Immigrants from Haiti who have been in the United States since July 29, 2021 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for Haiti by February 3, 2023. Learn more here.
  • Somalia:  Immigrants from Somalia who have been in the United States since July 19, 2021 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for Somalia by March 17, 2023. Learn more here.
  • South Sudan: Immigrants from South Sudan who have been in the United States since March 1, 2022 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for South Sudan by November 3, 2023. Learn more here.
  • Sudan: Immigrants from Sudan who have been in the United States since March 1, 2022 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for Sudan by October 19, 2023. Learn more here.
  • Syria: Immigrants from Syria who have been in the United States since March 31, 2021 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for Syria by September 30, 2022. Learn more here.
  • Ukraine: Immigrants from Ukraine who have been in the United States since April 11, 2022 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for Ukraine by October 19, 2023. Learn more here.
  • Venezuela: Immigrants from Venezuela who have been in the United States since March 9, 2021 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for Venezuela by September 9, 2022. Learn more here.
  • Yemen: Immigrants from Yemen who have been in the United States since July 5, 2021 can now apply for TPS. You must submit a TPS application for Yemen by March 3, 2023. Learn more here.
  • Hong Kong: Immigrants from Hong Kong who have been in the United States since August 5, 2021 can receive a different form of protection from deportation called Deferred Enforced Departure (DED). DED is different from TPS and you can learn more here.

What other countries have TPS? 

Some people from the countries below received TPS in the past because they were in the United States on specific dates and have remained in the U.S. since then. For more details on TPS from these countries, visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website here or click the links below.

How long does TPS last? 

TPS can be granted for 6 months, 1 year, or 18 months. When the TPS for a specific country is about to expire, the U.S. government decides whether to extend it for another 6 to 18 months, or end it. The government can extend TPS for a country as many times as it wants.

Recently, the U.S. government announced that immigrants from some countries will automatically have their TPS extended. If you already have TPS, you can visit the USCIS website here and click on your country to learn more.

How do you apply for TPS? 

To apply for TPS, you can submit an application to USCIS. You can find the application with instructions on the USCIS website here. Scroll down to the “What to File” section to learn more about the required documents.

Can you apply for both asylum and TPS? 

Yes. You can consider applying for both asylum and TPS, if you qualify. Asylum has a pathway to permanent residence, and TPS does not.  Learn more about asylum here.

If I apply for TPS, do I still have to go to my scheduled immigration court hearings?

Yes. If you have a case in immigration court, it is very important to attend your immigration court hearings, even if you are pursuing TPS at the same time. If you miss a hearing, you will most likely receive a deportation order. Go here to check your next immigration court hearing.

Please note that this answer only applies if you have a case in immigration court. Not everyone does, it depends on your specific case!

Will the Biden Administration add more countries that qualify for TPS? 

We do not know! Many people and organizations are fighting for more countries to be added. We will do our best to keep this website updated with news.

You can read more about TPS here.

The Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP) will do our best to keep our website updated with current information.

Note: This information is not a substitute for advice from an attorney.

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