As an immigration lawyer in Miami, I was pleased to learn that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for eligible nationals of Honduras. Below are some frequently asked questions.
What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?
If conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS. If you have any questions in regard to this, you may want to consult with an immigration attorney in Miami.
What kinds of country conditions may give rise to a designations of TPS?
TPS may be designated if due to the following temporary conditions in the country:
- Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war)
- An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions
Again, if you have any questions in regard to this, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration lawyer.
What does it mean to have TPS status?
TPS beneficiaries or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases (prima facie eligible):
- Are not removable from the United States
- Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD)
- May be granted travel authorization
Once granted TPS, an individual also cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status in the United States. You should, however, consult with an immigration attorney in Miami if you have any questions.
Does TPS status mean that I will get my green card (permanent residence)?
No. TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. However, registration for TPS does not prevent you from:
- Applying for nonimmigrant status
- Filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition
- Applying for any other immigration benefit or protection for which you may be eligible
If you have any questions in regard to obtaining a green card in Miami, or about obtaining your permanent residency, you may want to consult with a green card lawyer in Miami to discuss your options.
I am a Honduran national who may be eligible for TPS. How long is the TPS extension for?
TPS status for eligible nationals of Honduras (and those without nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) has been extended for an additional 18 months, effective July 6, 2016, through Jan. 5, 2018.
If you have would like more information about TPS (Temporary Protected Status), or eligibility in obtaining a green card, please contact Miami immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray, Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at www.mmurraylaw.com.