Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Practice Areas

Citizenship and NaturalizationCitizenship and Naturalization
Residence or Green CardResidence or Green Card
Family-Based PetitionFamily-Based Petition
Employment-Based PetitionsEmployment-Based Petitions
Labor certification an national interest waiverLabor certification and national interest waiver
Cuban Adjustment LawCuban Adjustment Law
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Adjustment of StatusAdjustment of Status
Work permitWork permit
Nonimmigrant VisasNonimmigrant Visas
Business visas (E1- E2 – L1) and derivativesBusiness visas (E1- E2 – L1)
Student visasStudent visas
Change of StatusChange of Status

It is a tool that can be used by citizens of certain countries that are within the United States and who, for certain reasons, cannot return to their country of origin. If they are eligible for this tool, it allows them to temporarily and legally live and work within the United States.

The reasons that prevent these citizens from returning to their country of origin are determined and are:

The existence of armed conflicts in their country of origin that puts their safety at risk if they want to return to their country.
Force majeure reasons such as natural disasters that temporarily put normal living conditions at risk that do not allow the state to normally handle the re-entry of citizens and that said state requires the temporary protection of its natural resources.
Any other temporary and extraordinary situation that does not allow foreign citizens to safely return to their country of origin, except that the Attorney General of the United States considers that providing temporary protected status goes against the interests of the country.

If you are eligible for this protection, you can legally live and work in the United States for the duration of the protection, but this tool does not grant the possibility of achieving permanent residence.