Philippines asks US for ‘temporary protected status’

by Chhayal on December 17, 2013

The Philippines has formally requested the United States government to designate the country under Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

TPS designation provides temporary immigration relief to people from countries devasted by natural disasters.  If granted to the Philippines, TPS would allow certain eligible Filipinos to legally stay and work in the U.S. so they could support their families back home while the country recovers from Typhoon Yolanda.

Although TPS has formally been requested, the request has not been approved as of date and it will take some time as the U.S. reviews the request.

During a designated period, individuals who are 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.

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

To learn more about TPS and the request for TPS by Philippines, please contact an Immigration Attorney for legal advice. One of our phoenix immigration attorneys would be happy to speak with you. Please contact us at: (602) 266-2169.


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