The United States offers Temporary Protected Status to nationals and habitual residents of certain countries, who meet the eligibility requirements. Countries whose nationals may eligible for Temporary Protected Status are: El Salvador, Guinea, Haiti, Honduras, Liberia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Temporary Protected Status, as the name suggests, is a temporary benefit During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases:
- are not removable from the United States,
- can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD),
- and may be granted travel authorization.
Once granted TPS, an individual also cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status in the United States.
Temporary Protected Status does not lead to lawful permanent resident status. During the registration period, a national from the designated countries can apply for this benefit. To learn more about Temporary Protected Status, see the USCIS information on TPS.
Students in Temporary Protected Status are in the United States in lawful status. They should be considered eligible for admission to any public or private college or university, although they are not always eligible for student aid and other benefits.
Attorney Jody Marten handles applications for Temporary Protected Status. She also will serve as an advocate for students in TPS, who are having difficulty receiving fair treatment for admission to colleges and universities. Contact her to arrange for a consultation.