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.

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Countries currently designated for Temporary Protected Status

Note: This table was last updated on Oct. 19, 2017, using information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Note that TPS for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone ended in May 2017. TPS for Nicaragua has since been extended until Jan. 5, 2019, and for Honduras, until July 5, 2018, but as of Nov. 9, 2017, USCIS has not yet posted updated information. Check the USCIS website for further updates. Click on the country link in the table to see detailed country information on the USCIS website.

Designated country

Most recent designation date

Current expiration date

Current re-registration period

Current initial registration period

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) automatically extended through

El Salvador

March 9, 2001

March 9, 2018

July 8, 2016 – Sept. 6, 2016

N/A

Sept. 9, 2017

Haiti

July 23, 2011

Jan. 22, 2018

May 24, 2017 – July 24, 2017

N/A

Jan. 18, 2018, but only if you re-register and request a new EAD

Honduras

Jan. 5, 1999

Jan. 5, 2018

May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016

N/A

Jan. 5, 2017

Nepal

June 24, 2015

June 24, 2018

Oct. 26, 2016 - Dec. 27, 2016

N/A

June 24, 2017

Nicaragua

Jan. 5, 1999

Jan. 5, 2018

May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016

N/A

Jan. 5, 2017

Somalia

Sept. 18, 2012

Sept. 17, 2018

Jan. 17, 2017 – March 20, 2017

N/A

Sept. 17, 2017

Sudan

May 3, 2013

Nov. 2, 2018

Jan. 25, 2016 – March 25, 2016

N/A

May 1, 2018, but only if you re-register and request a new EAD

South Sudan

May 3, 2016

May 2, 2019

Jan. 25, 2016 – March 25, 2016

Jan. 25, 2016 – July 25, 2016

May 1, 2018, but only if you re-register and request a new EAD

Syria

Oct. 1, 2016

March 31, 2018

Aug. 1, 2016 – Sept. 30, 2016

Aug.1, 2016 – Jan. 30, 2017

March 31, 2017

Yemen

March 4, 2017

Sept. 3, 2018

Jan. 4, 2017 – March 6, 2017

Jan. 4, 2017 – July 3, 2017

Sept. 3, 2017