As of May 21, 2017, the designations of Temporary Protected Status for three countries will expire. Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone will no longer be eligible for these benefits. However, those who are currently living in the United States on a TPS designation will be able to keep any other immigration status that they may have had during the time in which they were here. Persons who are in the United States under these protections but have not obtained a different immigration status.
Temporary Protected Status acts to provide safety to foreign nationals who would be harmed if they remained in their country due to armed conflict, health epidemic, an environmental disaster such as flooding or earthquakes, or any other dangerous conditions that may exist. Those who are protected under TPS are eligible to remain in the United States and are not removable until their protected status expires. These beneficiaries may be authorized to travel outside of the United States. In addition, people who are in the United States as a Temporary Protected Status beneficiary are also eligible to apply for an employment authorization document.
Countries that will remain eligible for Temporary Protected Status after May 21, 2017, include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
If you have questions regarding Temporary Protected Status or need assistance determining whether you are eligible to become a beneficiary, contact an experienced immigration attorney today.
John Sesini is an experienced immigration attorney with offices in Green Bay and Milwaukee Wisconsin. If you have any questions regarding these matters, please contact the Sesini Law Group, S.C. and obtain your initial consultation.