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How TPS Beneficiaries Can Win Permanent Residence (Even If TPS Is Terminated)

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Sometimes the best defense is a good offense.

Take the current situation facing Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries.

Over 300,000 individuals who have TPS status are at risk for deportation if the Trump Administration scraps the program in the near future.

Rumors abound such a decision will be abruptly made, with limited, if any, advance warning.

For now, such action is on hold due to various court cases opposing the Adminstration’s plans to terminate TPS for several countries.

Once the courts render their decisions, all bets are off. [continue reading…]

Honduras TPS And Nicaragua TPS: The End Or A New Beginning?

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Nearly 20 years old, Honduras TPS and Nicaragua TPS are two of the longest-standing TPS programs.

However, termination dates for both programs have been set.

Nicaragua Temporary Protected Status benefits were designated for closure earlier this year, on January 5, 2019.

Honduras Temporary Protected Status has been scheduled to end on January July 5, 2020.

Due to pending lawsuits, the issue when and if TPS benefits for both nations will terminate is unclear.

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Haiti Temporary Protected Status Extended . . . For Now

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From its beginning, the history of Haiti Temporary Protected Status has resembled a political roller coaster ride.

The stability which TPS was created to provide a community during a crisis has been deficient and unsteady throughout the program’s nine-year existence.

As a result, the 2017 announcement that the program would be terminated on July 22, 2019 did not surprise Haitian community leaders.  Many believe Haiti TPS has been a disfavored programs since its inception. [continue reading…]

Appellate Court Declares A Grant Of TPS Constitutes A Legal Admission

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Ninth Circuit Upholds TPS Path To Legal Residency

On March 31, 2017, the Ninth Circuit held that under Temporary Protected Status, a TPS recipient is deemed to be in lawful status and has satisfied the requirements of inspection and admission for the purposes of adjustment of status.

This means if your case is held in the Ninth Circuit region, you may be eligible to obtain lawful permanent residence in the United States and do not need to seek consular processing in your home country.

For many families with an immigrant family member, this may represent a golden opportunity to seek a green card legally in the United States. But there are various requirements which might still trip up an applicant for adjustment of status. [continue reading…]

A Friend In Need: Why TPS For The Philippines Should Be Granted

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People often hurt those closest to them in ways they would not harm others.

It is not uncommon, psychologists suggest, for individuals to treat relative strangers with more cordiality and respect than their best friends and loved ones.

The same holds true in politics. [continue reading…]

Temporary Protected Status Policy Disorder: South Sudan TPS Renewed, Sudan TPS Axed

South Sudan TPS

Most Recent Registration Period: September 21, 2017 – November 20, 2017
Current Expiration Date: May 2, 2019

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Sudan TPS

Most Recent Registration Period: October 11, 2017 – December 11, 2017
Termination Date: November 2, 2018

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Syrian Temporary Protected Status Next Stop: Asylum?

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On August 1, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Syria has been extended to March 31, 2021.

More details will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Most Recent Registration Period: March 5, 2018 – May 4, 2018

Current Expiration Date: September 30, 2019

The fundamental premise behind Temporary Protected Status is quite simple.

If the United States is truly the leader of the free world, it has a political obligation to lend a helping help to less fortunate nations.

Especially in their moments of crisis. [continue reading…]

Somalia Temporary Protected Status Extended To 2020

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Temporary Protected Status For Somalia is our country’s oldest TPS program.

According to Rand Beers, former director of the U.S Department of Homeland Security, the extensions of TPS have been warranted because the conditions in Somalia that prompted the TPS designation remain ongoing.

There continues to be a substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions in Somalia based upon ongoing armed conflict and extraordinary and temporary conditions in that country that prevent Somalis who have TPS from safely returning. [continue reading…]