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.

Countries currently designated for Temporary Protected Status

Note: This table was updated on April 7, 2017, using information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For the most recent information, see the USCIS website. Click on the country link in the table to see more 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

Guinea

Nov. 21, 2014

May 21, 2017

N/A

N/A

May 20, 2017

Haiti

July 23, 2011

July 22, 2017

Aug. 25, 2015 – Oct. 26, 2015

N/A

July 22, 2016

Honduras

Jan. 5, 1999

Jan. 5, 2018

May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016

N/A

Jan. 5, 2017

Liberia

Nov. 21, 2014

May 21, 2017

N/A

N/A

May 20, 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

Sierra Leone

Nov. 21, 2014

May 21, 2017

N/A

N/A

May 20, 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, 2017

Jan. 25, 2016 – March 25, 2016

N/A

Nov. 2, 2016

South Sudan

May 3, 2016

Nov. 2, 2017

Jan. 25, 2016 – March 25, 2016

Jan. 25, 2016 – July 25, 2016

Nov. 2, 2016

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