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Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

This webpage will be updated as decisions on TPS per country(s) are made and CLINIC releases resources to help our affiliates, community and legal service providers, and TPS holders plan and prepare.

What is TPS?

Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, is a life-saving immigration status that allows foreign nationals to remain in the U.S. if during the time they were in the U.S. something catastrophic happened in their country of origin preventing their safe return – for example war, famine, natural disaster, or epidemic. TPS allows people to work legally and be protected from deportation.

If you are a TPS recipient who needs legal assistance, please contact one of our affiliates using our directory.

 

Who are TPS holders?

Credit: Chart prepared by the Center for American Progress

 

Will TPS be terminated for the designated countries?

The Trump administration has signaled it is in the process of phasing out the use of TPS. This means the administration will likely terminate TPS for many of the currently designated countries, affecting thousands of TPS holders, their families and communities.

 

Updates on Temporary Protected Status

Sudan: TPS for Sudan received a 12-month termination in Oct. 2017. The last day of TPS for the Sudan will be Nov. 2, 2018.

South Sudan: TPS for South Sudan received an 18-month extension in September 2017.

Nicaragua received a 12-month termination in Nov. 2017. The last day of TPS for Nicaragua will be Jan. 5, 2019.

Honduras received a 6-month extension in Nov. 2017

Upcoming TPS decision dates:

Nov. 23, 2017: Haiti

Jan. 8, 2018: El Salvador

Jan. 30, 2018: Syria

Apr. 25, 2018: Nepal

July 5, 2018: Yemen

July 19, 2018: Somalia

March 3, 2019: South Sudan

 

TPS Resources

This resource will help parishioners learn more about TPS and how they can help their community respond to the decisions on TPS for certain nationalities.

Last updated on: 11/15/2017

This screening tool will help legal representatives determine whether a TPS recipient may be eligible to adjust to lawful permanent resident status in the United States.

Last updated on: 11/10/2017

On Nov. 6, the administration delivered decisions on Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Honduras and Nicaragua. The administration terminated TPS for Nicaragua, with the last day of status being Jan. 5, 2019. A six-month TPS extension was put in place for Honduras (until July 5, 2018) due to the administration’s inability to make a decision for the country by the Nov. 6 deadline. These decisions affect 60,000 TPS holders and their families. Listen to this CLINIC briefing for a discussion on what the recent decisions mean for TPS holders, CLINIC affiliates and communities.

Last updated on: 11/09/2017

This tool will help immigrant legal service providers and community-based organizations plan to effectively and efficiently respond to the decisions on TPS for certain nationalities.

Last updated on: 11/09/2017

Use this flow chart as a quick guide to understand recent TPS decisions on Latin American and Caribbean countries. Available in English and Spanish.

Last updated on: 11/09/2017

This resource contains a collection of TPS holder stories and illustrates the human impact of terminating TPS.

Last updated on: 11/08/2017

Quick facts about what the recent TPS terminations mean for those who hold this immigration status.

Last updated on: 11/08/2017

The Trump administration’s decision to end Temporary Protected Status for 2,500 Nicaraguans in 12 months “is a cruel and ultimately short-sighted action that—in addition to disrupting the lives of thousands of families that help make the United States vibrant—will harm the country and the region,” said Jeanne Atkinson, executive director of the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc.

Last updated on: 11/07/2017

This report documents the critical need for the United States to continue to extend Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for Haiti until the country sufficiently recovers from a series of deadly natural disasters and is able to safely reabsorb TPS holders. Without TPS, the progress Haiti has made in recovery will be, at the least, seriously compromised.

Last updated on: 11/16/2017

Do you have clients with Temporary Protected Status who reside in the jurisdiction of either the Sixth or Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals? These frequently asked questions explain how current USCIS policy permits individuals who entered the United States without inspection, but subsequently received TPS, adjust to lawful permanent resident status.  

Last updated on: 11/15/2017

This document can help undocumented individuals determine whether they might qualify for some sort of immigration relief and whether they are at high risk of being arrested by immigration.

Last updated on: 11/03/2017

 

Other useful resources

The president's Jan. 25, 2017 executive orders on border and immigration enforcement effectively put more than 11 million undocumented and other immigrants living in the U.S. at risk of detention and deportation. As a result, families at risk face challenges and difficult decisions in preparing for the possibility of being separated from one another. Planning to ensure children (as well as other dependents) and financial assets are taken care of is crucial but preparation can be complex.

Last updated on: 09/05/2017

Use this tool to see if you may eligible for some type of immigration relief.

Last updated on: 09/05/2017

CLINIC's Know Your Rights materials help you be prepared for encounters with ICE or police and contain a Know Your Rights card. 

Last updated on: 09/05/2017

Immigrating to another country takes a lot of courage. Some people may see your immigration status as a weakness and try to take advantage of you. Others may genuinely want to help you, but they simply are not authorized or qualified to do so. Before you ask someone for help on your immigration case, or pay for any services, CLINIC wants to teach you how to protect yourself against immigration scams, commonly called notario fraud.

Last updated on: 09/05/2017

 

Take Action To Defend Temporary Protected Status

TPS Interfaith Toolkit

The toolkit includes sample press releases, op-eds, instructions on holding TPS vigils and events, social media graphics, a sample resolution for state and local legislative advocacy and much more.

More information on countering anti-immigrant narratives can be found here.

 

Backgrounders & Talking Points
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The current 18-month grant of Temporary Protected Status for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans will expire on March 9, 2018 unless extended by the Department of Homeland Security Secretary. By statute, the DHS Secretary must decide whether conditions warrant extension of the deadline by Jan. 8, 2018.

Last updated on: 09/20/2017
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The current 18-month grant of Temporary Protected Status for nearly 200,000 Salvadorans will expire on March 9, 2018 unless extended by the Department of Homeland Security Secretary. By statute, the DHS Secretary must decide whether conditions warrant extension of the deadline by Jan. 8, 2018.

Last updated on: 08/18/2017
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The current six-month grant of Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, for approximately 50,000 Haitians will expire on Jan. 22, 2018unless extended by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. By law, the secretary must decide by Nov. 23, 2017 whether conditions warrant extending TPS.

Last updated on: 08/18/2017

Outreach to the Administration

On Oct. 27, CLINIC joined 120 other faith, non-profit, academic and other organizations from across the country in a letter urging DHS to reconsider the recent termination of Temporary Protected Status for Sudan.

Last updated on: 11/03/2017

CLINIC’s Executive Director Jeanne Atkinson joined the leaders of other major Catholic agencies that work to support immigrants and refugees have urged the head of the Department of Homeland Security to extend Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and El Salvador.

Last updated on: 11/03/2017

The Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. and Church World Service delivered a letter signed by nearly 700 American faith leaders and organizations calling on the administration to continue to use Temporary Protected Status as Congress intended.

Last updated on: 09/20/2017

 

Sample Press Release Guidelines and Templates

Issuing press statements is key to TPS advocacy, which requires public education and attention. We encourage faith organizations and others to take a public stance as often as possible, especially when the administration terminates TPS for a country in need or fails to issue a decision by the deadlines set by law.

Use this guide to write a press release in case the administration fails to make a TPS decision on time. 

Last updated on: 11/01/2017

If the administration terminates TPS for a country, use our guide and template.

Last updated on: 11/01/2017

 

TPS Survey