The Trump administration has attempted to revoke Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from more than 300,000 people from six countries over the last year. TPS grants certain protections from deportation to people from countries that have been afflicted by natural disasters, war, or other dangerous conditions. People with TPS can legally work while they are in the country, but the program is temporary and doesn’t grant permanent residence or U.S. citizenship.
TPS Expiration Dates
Under the law, DHS must decide if it is going to extend or terminate a country’s TPS designation at least 60 days before its expiration date. The following are expiration dates for countries with TPS designations:
- Sudan: Expires 11/2/2018
- Nicaragua: Expires 1/5/2019
- Nepal: Expires 6/24/2019
- Haiti: Expires 7/22/2019
- El Salvador: Expires 9/9/2019
- Syria: Expires 9/30/2019
- Honduras: Expires 1/5/2020
- Yemen: Expires 3/3/2020
- Somalia: Expires 2/17/2020
- South Sudan: Expires 11/2/2020
If TPS is revoked and you are a recipient who isn’t eligible for other relief, you would lose your ability to work legally in the U.S. You would also be at risk of being deported back to your home country.
If you came into the U.S. without inspection but received TPS later, some courts have ruled that TPS actually counts as a valid admission that is eligible for green card status. However, you won’t be able to obtain your green card if you entered the country illegally or without inspection. The ground of inadmissibility may need to be waived, but some courts allow you to receive TPS after illegal entry to cure the inadmissibility ground as a later admission. There is also a favorable trend of courts that have ruled some TPS recipients qualify for adjustments of status.