Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Updates

Updated June 5, 2018, 3:00 p.m.

We will continue to update this TPS fact sheet as more details emerge. Check back for the latest updates from the Los Angeles County Office of Immigrant Affairs.

WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH TPS?

On May 4, 2018, the Trump administration announced a decision to end Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduras. This decision will affect more than 57,000 TPS holders across the country. It is estimated that 1,500 beneficiaries live in the Los Angeles area, many of which have been in the United States for more than 20 years. We will continue to update Honduran families as more details emerge about re-registration periods and work permits.

The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has also announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador in January 2018. El Salvador is the country with the largest TPS beneficiaries in the United States. During 2017,  DHS also announced the termination of TPS for Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan.  The remaining countries with TPS designation (Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen) face uncertainty whether their designation will be extended or not when their respective expiration dates come up in the future.  See the table below for more details regarding each country’s TPS status.

Country Granted TPS Since TPS Valid Until TPS Extension Status Re-Registration Period Work Permit Auto-Extended Until
El Salvador 03/09/2001 09/09/2019 Cancelled 01/18/2018 – 03/19/2018 09/05/2018
Haiti 01/21/2010 07/22/2019 Cancelled 01/18/2018 – 03/19/2018 07/21/2018
Honduras 01/05/1999 01/05/2020 Cancelled 06/05/2018 – 08/06/2018 01/01/2019
Nepal 06/24/2015 06/24/2019 Cancelled 05/22/2018 – 07/23/2018 12/21/2018
Nicaragua 01/05/1999 01/05/2019 Cancelled N/A 03/06/2018 or 07/04/2018 for those who re-applied
Somalia 09/16/1991 09/17/2018 Pending DHS Decision by July 2018 N/A N/A
Sudan 11/04/1997 11/02/2018 Cancelled N/A 05/01/2018 for those who re-applied
South Sudan 11/03/2011 05/02/2019 Pending DHS Decision by March 2019 N/A 05/01/2018 for those who re-applied
Syria 03/29/2012 09/30/2019 Extended 03/05/2018 – 05/04/2018 09/27/2018
Yemen 09/03/2015 09/03/2018 Pending DHS Decision by July 2018 N/A N/A

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM A TPS RECIPIENT FROM NEPAL?

  • Please re-register between May 22, 2018 and July 23, 2018 You will be able to maintain your TPS until June 24, 2019 if you successfully re-register.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM A TPS RECIPIENT FROM HONDURAS?

  • Please re-register between June 5, 2018 and August 6, 2018. You will be able to maintain your TPS until January 5, 2020 if you successfully re-register.
  • If you re-registered for your TPS and applied for a new work permit during the previous re-registration period, and your applications are still pending as of June 5, 2018, you do no need to submit your applications again. If the pending applications for your TPS and work permit are approved, you will be granted TPS and authorization to work through January 5, 2020.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM A TPS RECIPIENT FROM SYRIA?

  • Please re-register between March 5, 2018 and May 4, 2018. You will be able to maintain your TPS until September 30, 2019 if you successfully re-register.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM A TPS RECIPIENT FROM EL SALVADOR?

  • Re-registration period ended on March 19, 2018. You will be able to maintain your TPS until September 9, 2019 if you successfully re-registered.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM A TPS RECIPIENT FROM HAITI?

  • Re-registration period ended on March 19, 2018. You will be able to maintain your TPS until July 22, 2019 if you successfully re-registered.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF DHS HAD CANCELLED TPS FOR MY COUNTRY?

  • DHS gave every cancelled country a phase-out period ranging from 6 to 18 months with an effective termination date at the end of the phase-out period. You should consider to re-register your TPS one last time to maintain your TPS until the effective termination date.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF DHS HAS NOT CANCELLED TPS FOR MY COUNTRY AT THIS TIME?

  • DHS must announce its decision whether to extend or cancel your country’s TPS at least 60 days before the current expiration date. We recommend you to be ready to re-register your TPS when the official re-registration period is announced for your country.  Please continue to follow our page for the latest news on TPS.

WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?

TPS will not give you legal permanent residency (commonly known as a “green card”).  We recommend you to consult with a licensed immigration attorney as soon as possible regarding other immigration benefits that you may be eligible for.  Click HERE for a list of free or low-cost legal service providers.

Watch out for FRAUD: Avoid fraudulent and inexperienced individuals who charge you fees for services and promises that may harm your immigration case. Check out this PAGE on our website for more information on how to detect, avoid, and report immigration fraud.

It is illegal for your employer to discriminate or retaliate against you based on your immigration status. Please report any suspected violation to OIA by calling (800) 593-8222 or click HERE to file a complaint

This information is provided by your County of Los Angeles Office of Immigrant Affairs, a County government agency that protects the rights and promotes the success of all immigrants in Los Angeles County. We keep this information up to date so make sure to visit us regularly for the latest news at oia.lacounty.gov.  You can also call us toll-free at (800) 593-8222.

Please click HERE to learn more about TPS.

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