What is TPS?

Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is an immigration status authorized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) which allows immigrants to remain in the United States if the conditions in their home country preclude them from safely returning. DHS may designate a country for TPS following a natural disaster, war, or other extraordinary circumstances.

Individuals granted TPS are protected from deportation and can obtain an employment authorization document (work permit) during the designated period. TPS beneficiaries may also apply for travel authorization, or advance parole. TPS is a temporary benefit and does not necessarily lead to lawful permanent resident status.

Countries Designated for TPS

Currently, the following countries have been designated for TPS:

El Salvador







South Sudan



To view the list of countries currently designated for TPS, check USCIS’ website.

Updates on TPS

El Salvador: TPS for El Salvador was not extended and will terminate in September, 2019.

Haiti: TPS for Haiti was not extended and will terminate in July, 2019.

Decisions on extending the TPS designation for Honduras, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen will be forthcoming.

How can Lopez Immigration Law help?

Lopez Immigration Law can help you prepare and submit your application re-register for TPS. The re-registration period for individuals from El Salvador or Haiti who already have TPS is from January 18, 2018 through March 19, 2018.

For information on your specific situation, we recommend you use our contact form to schedule an appointment with our office. We would be glad to help you determine the best option for you.