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Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

What is TPS?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) was established by Congress through the Immigration Act of 1990. TPS is intended to protect foreign nationals in the United States from being returned to their home countries if the home country became unsafe to return to during the time in which the individuals were in the U.S. Under the law,[i] the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may designate a foreign country for TPS in three scenarios:

  1. Ongoing armed conflict (such as a civil war);
  2. An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane) or an epidemic; or
  3. Other extraordinary and temporary conditions that prevent people from safely returning home to the country.

Temporary Protected Statute: 8 U.S. Code § 1254a

Learn More About TPS

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Source: USCCB