TPS is a temporary humanitarian relief that gives a temporary safe haven in the U.S. for nationals of a foreign country. TPS is only granted to citizens of certain countries; after consulting with appropriate government agencies the foreign country must:

  • Have an ongoing armed conflict within the state
  • Have had a natural disaster resulting in a substantial but temporary disruption of living conditions in the area effected
  • Have extraordinary and temporary conditions in the foreign country that prevents its nationalists from returning safely

This type of relief is granted for 6 to 18 months, which may be extended depending on the country that has TPS and the situation that the foreign national is undergoing. A person granted under TPS is not allowed to be deported during the TPS period and will be granted employment authorization during the TPS period. If you are approved for TPS, after an extended period of time you are able to adjust or change your legal status; but the approval of TPS does not result in the approval adjustment of status.