Temporary Protected Status

Frequently Asked Questions & Answers

6. Where should I submit my application for Temporary Protected Status?

  1. To determine where to file your application for TPS you must check the USCIS website for your country of eligibilty.

7. On what basis is a country designated for Temporary Protected Status?

The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a country for TPS when the Attorney General determines, after consulting with appropriate government agencies, that:

  1. There is an ongoing armed conflict within the state and, due to that conflict, return of nationals to that state would pose a serious threat to their personal safety
  2. The state has suffered an environmental disaster resulting in a substantial, temporary disruption of living conditions, the state is temporarily unable to handle adequately the return of its nationals, and the state has requested TPS designation
  3. There exist other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the state that prevent nationals from returning in safety, unless the Attorney General finds that permitting nationals of the state to remain temporarily is contrary to the national interest of the U.S.
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8. Which are the countries designated under Temporary Protected Status program?

The countries or parts thereof which are currently designated under the TPS program are:

  1. El Salvador
  2. Haiti
  3. Honduras
  4. Nicaragua
  5. Somalia
  6. Sudan

9. How long is Temporary Protected Status valid?

A TPS designation will be effective for a minimum of six months and a maximum of 18 months.

10. How does the Secretary of Homeland Security decide on the duration of my Temporary Protected Status?

Before the end of the TPS designation period, the Secretary of Homeland Security will review the conditions in the designated state and determine whether the conditions that led to the TPS designation continue to be met. Unless a determination is made that those conditions are no longer met, the TPS designation will be extended for six, twelve or eighteen months. If the conditions that led to the TPS designation are no longer met, the Secretary of Homeland Security will terminate the TPS designation. Designations, extensions, terminations and other information regarding TPS are published in the Federal Register.