TPS is effective right now!!
Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) is a temporary immigration status given to nationals of certain countries experiencing problems that make it difficult or unsafe for them to be deported from the U.S. With the granting of TPS to Venezuelans, the majority of Venezuelans who are in the U.S. will enjoy a more certain future.
General legibility for TPS requires a person:
- Be a national of the designated foreign country,
- Be continuously physically present in the U.S. since the effective date, and
- Not be “inadmissible”.
To be “inadmissible” essentially means not having a significant criminal history.
The benefits of TPS status include no deportation, work authorization, and the opportunity to travel abroad (and re-enter the U.S.). Although TPS does not create a distinct path to a green card, it does not prevent those who otherwise eligible for legal permanent residence to apply for a green card.
TPS designations are provided for 6, 12, and 18 months at a time but may be (and have been) extended for many years.
Those eligible must file an application and provide supporting evidence to USCIS.
TPS is a great opportunity for Venezuelans who would like to remain in America; it should not be missed. It is the first step in a long-term immigration plan.