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 March 19, 2018, using information from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Note that TPS for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone ended in May 2017, and USCIS has indicated that TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador will terminate at the end of the terms shown below. Re-registration is now being accepted for Syria. 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

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) automatically extended through

El Salvador

March 9, 2001

Sept. 9, 2019

Jan. 18, 2018 – March 19, 2018

Sept. 5, 2018

Haiti

July 23, 2011

July 22, 2019

Jan. 18, 2018 – March 19, 2018

July 21, 2018

Honduras

Jan. 5, 1999

Jan. 5, 2020

June 5, 2018 – Aug. 6, 2018

Jan. 1, 2019

Nepal

June 24, 2015

June 24, 2018

Oct. 26, 2016 - Dec. 27, 2016

June 24, 2017

Nicaragua

Jan. 5, 1999

Jan. 5, 2019

Dec. 15, 2017 – Feb. 13, 2018

July 4, 2018

Somalia

Sept. 18, 2012

March 17, 2020

See USCIS website

Sept. 17, 2018

Sudan

May 3, 2013

Nov. 2, 2018

Jan. 25, 2016 – March 25, 2016

May 1, 2018

South Sudan

May 3, 2016

May 2, 2019

Sept. 21, 2017 – Nov. 20, 2017

May 1, 2018

Syria

Oct. 1, 2016

Sept. 30, 2019

March 5, 2018 – May 4, 2018

Sept. 27, 2018

Yemen

March 4, 2017

Sept. 3, 2018

Jan. 4, 2017 – March 6, 2017

Sept. 3, 2017