Community Resources

One of MIRA’s most important functions is to serve as a hub for reliable, up-to-date information on immigrants and refugees in Massachusetts and all the services and resources you may need.

This section has three key types of material: facts and figures; key aspects of immigration law and immigrants’ rights; and links to information and contacts for citizenshipEnglish language and adult educationhealth and human services; and refugee assistance.

We have additional resources on entrepreneurship, workforce development, access to education, and foreign-trained professionals in the Integration Institute section.

We do our best to keep these up to date. If you find any outdated materials or broken links, or you any questions, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Temporary Protected Status

haitiangirltpsTemporary Protected Status (TPS) is a humanitarian designation made by the President of the United States for the benefit of people who could not safely return to their countries due to armed conflict, a natural disaster, an epidemic, or other extraordinary conditions.

Once a country has been designated for TPS, eligible nationals of that country have a limited time to apply for the status. The TPS designation allows beneficiaries to receive work authorization and have a Social security number, making them eligible for a driver’s license and other benefits. TPS designation can be valid for six, 12, or 18 months – depending on what the administration wishes to do in a particular case – and can be renewed an unlimited number of times. Every time a designation is renewed, those with TPS status must re-register and might also need to renew their work authorization.

UPDATED OCT. 4, 2018: Download a 2-page primer on TPS!

See Governor Baker’s letter supporting TPS extension

NEW: See letter by Mass. Attorney General Healey + 18 colleagues urging Congress to act 

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