Entienda el estatus de protección temporal

TPS significa estatus de protección temporal.

Which is a temporary immigration status that allows individuals from certain designated countries to remain and work legally in the United States for a limited period of time.  

TPS is granted to individuals who are unable to return to their home countries due to ongoing armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions that make their return unsafe. 

To qualify for TPS, an immigrant must: 

  1. Be a national of a country designated for TPS by the U.S. government 
  2. Have been continuously physically present in the U.S. since the designated TPS start date 
  3. Have continuously resided in the U.S. since a specific date designated by the government. 
  4. Meet certain admissibility requirements, such as not having a criminal record. 

Once an individual is granted TPS, they can live and work legally in the U.S. for a designated period of time, which is determined by the U.S. government for each country designated for TPS. During this time, TPS beneficiaries may apply for Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and travel authorization. 

It is important to note that TPS is a temporary status and does not lead to lawful permanent resident status (green card status). However, TPS beneficiaries may be eligible to apply for other forms of immigration relief or status. Additionally, TPS can be extended or terminated at any time by the U.S. government, depending on the conditions in their designated home country. 

TPS Application and Renewal

To apply for TPS, an immigrant must file an application with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the designated registration period. USCIS reviews the application and makes a decision on whether to grant TPS. If TPS is granted, the immigrant receives an EAD and can work legally in the U.S. for the duration of the TPS period.  

The process for renewing TPS involves filing a new application with USCIS during the designated re-registration period, which is typically 60 to 120 days before the expiration of the current TPS status. The application must include evidence that the applicant continues to meet the eligibility criteria for TPS, such as proof of nationality and residence in the designated country, and evidence of physical presence in the United States during the designated period of TPS

Paying for TPS Applications

The cost associated with renewing TPS includes the filing fee, which is currently $50, and may include additional fees for biometrics (such as fingerprints) and other services. However, USCIS may offer fee waivers or exemptions for applicants who demonstrate financial hardship or other special circumstances. 

If TPS is not renewed, the individual's temporary protected status will expire, and they will lose their legal status to remain in the United States. This means that they may be subject to deportation and removal proceedings and could face significant challenges in obtaining employment, housing, and other services.  


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