Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Attorney Houston

The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for Temporary Protected Status due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.

At Law Office of Claudine U. Gasana, PLLC we assist clients in the Houston Metro Area and throughout Texas who qualify to apply for this option. Our immigration attorneys will guide you through this process after an application has been approved so that our clients know exactly what they need to do to remain in the United States on a permanent basis.

Temporary Protected Status Conditions

The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to the following temporary conditions in the country:

  • Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war)
  • An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic
  • Other extraordinary and temporary conditions

During a designated period, individuals who are Temporary Protected Status beneficiaries or who are found preliminary eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases (prima facie eligible):

  • Are not removable from the United States
  • Can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD)
  • May be granted travel authorization
  • Once granted TPS, an individual also cannot be detained by DHS on the basis of his or her immigration status in the United States.

TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status. However, registration for Temporary Protected Status does not prevent you from:

  • Applying for non-immigrant status
  • Filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition
  • Applying for any other immigration benefit or protection for which you may be eligible

PLEASE NOTE: To be granted any other immigration benefit you must still meet all the eligibility requirements for that particular benefit. An application for TPS does not affect an application for asylum or any other immigration benefit and vice versa. Denial of an application for asylum or any other immigration benefit does not affect your ability to register for TPS, although the grounds of denial of that application may also lead to denial of TPS.

Contact TPS Immigration Lawyer in Houston

If Temporary Protected Status currently applies to your country of origin (whether or not you are seeking asylum in the United States) — call or contact an immigration attorney directly at our Houston, Texas, immigration law office to schedule an appointment.