Temporary Protected Status

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to individuals from a specific list of countries due to special circumstances. Once granted, persons with TPS may apply for work authorization. TPS is not generally a pathway to a green card or any permanent resident status in the U.S. TPS will last as long as it is authorized by the Attorney General and if not timely renewed, the individual will lose the protection granted under it.

Besides compliance with the general TPS requirements, applicants must avoid getting two (2) convictions for misdemeanor crimes or one (1) serious misdemeanor, as those will generally render the applicant ineligible for TPS and subject him or her to removal from the U.S.