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 citizenship, English language and adult education; health 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.
Temporary Protected Status
Temporary 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.