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Temporary Protected Status

TPS is a temporary immigration benefit that allows qualified individuals from designated countries who are in the US to stay here for a limited time period. A country may be designated for TPS based on certain conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from being able to return safely, or in certain circumstances, the country’s government from being able to handle their return adequately. A TPS country designation may be based on on-going armed conflict, environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions in the country. In general, eligibility for TPS requires demonstrating one is a national of a designated country, was physically present in the US on a certain date, has maintained continuous residence in the US, and has timely registered for the benefit. A number of countries, such as El Salvador, Nicaragua Honduras, Haiti and Sudan, have been designated for TPS over the years and are in extension periods. TPS was recently designated for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leonne and the registration period closed in May. Nepal was designated for TPS on June 24, 2015, and the registration period is open until December 21, 2015.

TPS is available for individuals who entered without inspection or who are out of status. It is also available to those who have an order of removal or who are in removal proceedings. A TPS application can be complicated by any criminal history - even certain traffic related citations or misdemeanors. At Gasparian Immigration we can help you navigate the requirements for TPS and overcome obstacles to TPS caused by past criminal activity or other violations. If you already have TPS, we can assist you with reregistration as needed, or preserving your eligibility for TPS if you run into trouble, or in obtaining travel authorization. We can also assist you in finding your way from TPS to permanent residence.

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