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What to do when Temporary Protected Status ends

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted to undocumented immigrants when war, natural disaster or other “extraordinary” conditions temporarily make return to their native country unsafe. In 2010, TPS was granted to citizens of Haiti after a 7.0 Mw earthquake brought catastrophe to the island.

Now, the Trump administration has announced that it will end TPS designation for Haiti by July 2019, which is estimated to affect nearly 59,000 Haitian immigrants. These immigrants will either need to either find another way to stay lawfully in the U.S., return to Haiti or live here illegally.

Haiti is not the only country affected by this policy. Ten other nations are currently designed under TPS status. They are El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Syria, Nepal and Yemen. Two weeks ago, the Trump administration announced it was ending TPS designation for Nicaragua and Honduras, which is expected to affect roughly 5,000 Nicaraguan citizens and nearly 60,000 Honduran citizens.

While TPS designation does not lead to lawful permanent resident status, it does not prevent foreign nationals from other pathways to stay in the U.S., including:

  • Applying for nonimmigrant status
  • Filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition
  • Applying for any other immigration benefit or protection

If you are in the country under TPS designation, you may be eligible for other immigration benefits. The cancellation of TPS designation does not mean you have to return to your country of origin if you have built your life here. It simply means it is time to look at your other options, which do exist for you.

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