The Trump administration recently made decisions on Temporary Protection Status (TPS) that affect people from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador.
What is Temporary Protection Status (TPS)?
TPS is a temporary legal status granted to individuals in the United States from designated countries facing extreme conflict, environmental disaster, or other critical situations.
When people have TPS status, they:
- Cannot be deported by the United States.
- Can work legally in the United Stated.
- May be allowed to travel outside of the United States.
Who does TPS apply to?
The U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security designates foreign countries for TPS based on temporary safety concerns for the countries’ nationals.
Conditions that make a country eligible for TPS designation include:
- Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war).
- An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane).
- An epidemic.
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions.
Countries currently granted TPS: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen.
How many people in the United States are here because of TPS?
Approximately 300,000 to 400,000 Americans have benefited from TPS. The majority of recipients are from El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti–an estimated 93% of 325,500. There are over 2,500 TPS holders in Pennsylvania, many of which are parents to U.S.-born children.
TPS recipients work here, pay taxes, and contribute to our communities, often supporting recovery efforts by sending money to their families back home. Many TPS recipients’ families have lived in the U.S. for over 20 years, have U.S. citizen children, and own homes and businesses that provide jobs for U.S. citizens. Ending TPS would tear families apart and return people to dangerous, life-threatening conditions.
What is the current status of TPS?
TPS renewal dates for many countries are approaching, and Trump administration may not extend TPS status for these countries. In the next six months, roughly 400,000 immigrants’ status will be up for change.
TPS end dates:
- Sudan: November 2, 2018.
- Nicaragua: January 5, 2019.
- Haiti: July 22, 2019.
- El Salvador: September 9, 2019.
TPS holders from Honduras recently received an automatic extension until July 5, 2018.
What should I do if I have TPS status?
Know your options: TPS recipients should get a legal screening to find out what other forms of immigration relief may be available. Local organizations provide safe places for TPS recipients and families to gain more information.
Visit the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for additional information about TPS or changes to the program.