Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of humanitarian relief which applies to certain nationals of particular countries who were present in the US during a designated period of time.
For example, if there is war or an environmental disaster occurring in your country, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may decide to grant certain nationals of your country TPS in the US. On this page, we explain how to get a work card and a travel permit under TPS.
Persons granted TPS cannot be deported from the US, are eligible to apply for a work permit and may be granted a travel permit.
In 2017 and 2018, the DHS announced the end of TPS for a number of countries.
For information on what to do after TPS ends, click on the above video.
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Although TPS is a temporary benefit which does not automatically lead to a green card, if you are eligible, you are not prohibited from applying for permanent residence, temporary visa status or any other immigration status.
Government TPS Resources by Country
- El Salvador
- Sierra Leone
- South Sudan
Temporary Protected Status: Additional Resources
- Temporary Protected Status (TPS) (USCIS)
- How do I Apply for Temporary Protected Status (USCIS)
- AAO Non-Precedent Decisions on Application for Temporary Protected Status
Practice Advisories Regarding Temporary Protected Status
- Court Decisions Ensure TPS Holders in Sixth and Ninth Circuits May Become Permanent Residents (09-11-17)
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