During the fall of 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced they will no longer support Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for people from Haiti, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
Our team of immigration lawyers is here to explain a little bit more about TPS and what the revocation of it means specifically for the people residing in New York from Haiti, Nicaragua, and Honduras.
What Is Temporary Protected Status?
Temporary Protected Status is an immigration policy that temporarily shields illegal immigrants from deportation if their native countries are stricken by calamities, such as a natural disaster, epidemic, civil war, or other extraordinary but temporary conditions. It is a form of citizenship that is not permanent, but it makes it so these people are legally allowed to be in the United States.
People who are able to live in the U.S. under TPS do not have the same rights as a naturalized citizen, but they are granted some securities:
- TPS designees may not be removed from the United States
- TPS designees can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD)
- TPS designees may be authorized to travel
What To Do If Your TPS Is About To End
Currently, there are 10 countries designated for TPS. Citizens from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen are permitted to come to the United States under TPS. However, DHS recently announced that Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua will be removed from this protected status soon. TPS designation for Nicaragua expires in January of 2019; it expires for Haiti Honduras in July of 2019.
People from Honduras, Nicaragua, and Haiti who live in the United States right now because of TPS designation need to take immediate action if they want to stay in the U.S. following the termination of the TPS status.
Meet with an immigration lawyer to discuss your specific case, but you will likely be able to apply for lawful permanent resident status in a few different ways:
- Applying for nonimmigrant status
- Filing for adjustment of status based on immigrant petition
- Applying for any other immigration benefit or protection for which you may be eligible
About The Law Offices Of Diron Rutty, LLC
We serve immigrants in New York with a variety of legal services. We can help with anything related to immigration law, such as the next steps to take if your TPS designation is about to be terminated. Our team of lawyers is compassionate, realistic, and straightforward. We know the ins and outs of current immigration law and can help you build the strongest case to achieve the best possible outcome.
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