Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) allows nationals of certain foreign states to reside and work legally in the United States for a determined period of time (from six to 18 months). The foreign states must be designated by the U.S. government due to extraordinary political or physical circumstances arising in such countries. In order to qualify for TPS, an alien must meet a few eligibility criteria, such as those related to filing during the appropriate registration period and those regarding continuous physical presence and residence in the United States.