In light of recent TPS designation for Nepal, now is a good time to point out some important facts about this special status that is granted by the Secretary of Homeland Security.

TPS Designations: Here’s What You Should Know

1 – TPS is granted to foreign nationals when “extraordinary and temporary conditions” exist in their home country.

immigrant protesters demanding protected status extension
immigrant protesters demanding protected status extension

Specifically, the Secretary of Homeland Security can designate a country for TPS when there is armed conflict persisting in that country or when that country has been devastated by an epidemic or environmental disaster, such as an earthquake or tsunami. Other events can also trigger TPS designations so long as they are associated with conditions that are “extraordinary and temporary,” according to USCIS.

2 – Certain people will not be eligible to apply for (or maintain) TPS.

Specifically, those who are typically prohibited from being granted TPS include people who have been:

  • Convicted of any felony offense or at least two misdemeanors in the U.S.
  • Engaged in or instigators of terrorist activities
  • Persecuted others
  • Not continuously been physically present in/residing in the U.S.
  • “Found inadmissible as an immigrant under applicable grounds in INA section 212(a)”
  • Failed to meet any of the TPS requirements
  • Not reregistered for TPS “without good cause.”

3 – There are currently 6 TPS designations in effect in the U.S.

These include (as of July 2015):

  • El Salvador
  • Guinea
  • Liberia
  • Nepal
  • Sierra Leone
  • Syria.

Foreign nationals who have been granted TPS will be able to remain in the U.S. (i.e., they cannot be removed or deported) and will be able to work in the country as long as the TPS designation is in effect.

4 – There are specific procedures for filing for TPS status.

And this process involves completing and submitting certain forms to USCIS, along with the applicable application fee, within the appropriate deadlines. For more details about how to file for TPS, click here.

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