Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Updates

Updated January 18, 2018, 4:00 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 12/15/2017 – 02/13/2018 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 12/15/2017 –  02/13/2018 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 03/31/2018 Pending DHS Decision by Jan. 2018 N/A N/A
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 El Salvador?

  • Please re-register between January 18, 2018 and March 19, 2018. You will be able to maintain your TPS until September 9, 2019 if you successfully re-register.

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

  • Please re-register between January 18, 2018 and March 19, 2018. You will be able to maintain your TPS until July 22, 2019 if you successfully re-register.

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

  • Please re-register before the deadline February 13, 2018. You will be able to maintain your TPS until January 5, 2019 if you successfully re-register.

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

  • Please re-register before the deadline February 13, 2018. 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 HAS 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 re-registering 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 to be prepared 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 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 clink 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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