Updated March 20, 2018, 1:00 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 January 8, 2018, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, the country with the largest TPS beneficiaries in the United States. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had also terminated TPS designation for Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan earlier last year during 2017. The remaining countries with TPS designation (Honduras, 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. You may find more details regarding each country’s TPS status in the table below.
|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||07/05/2018||Pending DHS Decision by May 2018||N/A||07/04/2018|
|Nepal||06/24/2015||06/24/2018||Pending DHS Decision by April 2018||N/A||N/A|
|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 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 I AM A TPS RECIPIENT FROM HONDURAS?
- DHS should announce whether to extend or cancel Honduras’ TPS designation 60 days before July 5, 2018. Please continue to check our website for the newest update.
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.
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