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Am I Eligible to Remain in the U.S. Under Temporary Protected Status?Millions of people lawfully enter the U.S. each year to stay for a limited time on a student, work, or visitor visa. When it is time to return home, most go willingly so as not to overstay their visa and risk being denied an immigration visa in the future. But what if their home country has changed dramatically for the worse in their absence? Armed conflict, a natural disaster such as a hurricane, or some other type of danger such as an Ebola outbreak could make it unsafe for a person to return. If this happens to you, you may be eligible for Temporary Protected Status.

Who Qualifies for Temporary Protected Status?

You can apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) if your home country has been designated “unsafe for return” by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. As of April 2019, the following countries are on the list:

  • El Salvador - due to a series of earthquakes beginning March 2001.
  • Haiti - due to a 7.0-magnitude earthquake in January 2010.
  • Honduras - due to Hurricane Mitch since January 1999.
  • Nepal - due to a devastating magnitude 7.8 earthquake in April 2015.
  • Nicaragua - due to Hurricane Mitch since January 1999.
  • Somalia - due to extreme violence since September 2012.
  • Sudan - due to ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary conditions since November 1997.
  • South Sudan - due to political instability and armed conflict which began when the country gained independence from Sudan in 2011 and which continues to cause severe food shortages.
  • Syria - due to armed conflict since August 2016.
  • Yemen - due to armed conflict and food shortages since March 2017.

To be eligible for TPS, you must have entered the U.S. prior to the TPS start date for your country and maintained a continuous residence in the U.S. since the most recent TPS designation date. 

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