Temporary Protected Status
The Department of Homeland Security can designate a country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) when there is a temporary condition such as an earthquake or civil war that makes it unsafe for individuals to return. TPS allows individuals to live and work in the United States as long as the country is designated for TPS and the individual files the initial and subsequent re-registrations on time. Countries currently designated for TPS include El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria.
Jennifer represented a client who discovered that her initial TPS application was denied several years earlier. Jennifer filed a motion asking USCIS to reopen and reconsider her initial TPS, which was granted. Jennifer then filed another motion asking USCIS to reopen and reconsider the denied re-registration, which too was granted.
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