Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

What is the EBSC Temporary Protected Status Program?

EBSC began its Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program when the United States Government allowed nationals from Honduras and Nicaragua to register for TPS in 1999. EBSC immediately helped 150 clients register for TPS. Since that time, the EBSC’s TPS program has expanded to just under 1,000 clients from Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Haiti. Each client must re-register for TPS every 12 to 16 months. TPS is temporary, and under current law a client in the TPS program will not be able to adjust to a permanent resident nor petition for naturalization. Learn more about TPS here.

If you are seeking legal assistance please come to EBSC’s office immediately to inquire our programs. TPS intakes are by appointment. Please bring your current or most recently expired Employment Authorization Document (EAD). All information you provide EBSC is confidential and attorney-client privileged. No person, aside from EBSC Staff, will ever hear any details about your case without your express permission.

Does EBSC Charge a Fee For TPS Help?

Current, EBSC charges a fee of $160 for a new original TPS registration and $60 for each derivative family member. EBSC charges a fee of $100 for a renewal TPS registration and $40 for each derivative family member. This assistance includes filing the appropriate forms to register for TPS, filing the forms necessary for an Employment Authorization Document, and responding to any Requests for Evidence or Legal Argument which USCIS demands.

We never deny our services because of an inability to pay. If a client cannot afford to pay our fee, then EBSC will evaluate the client’s financial situation and reduce or waive our fee where appropriate.

Note: The information provided below is not meant to be legal advice. Before seeking any immigration benefit and at all times while in Removal Proceedings contact an attorney or an organization licensed by the Board of Immigration Appeals.

Who Does the EBSC TPS Program Help?

TPS is a temporary status when an client’s country of origin has an ongoing civil armed conflict, an earthquake, flood, drought, epidemic, or other environmental disaster, or other extraordinary conditions in which a returning client’s personal safety would be in serious danger. Not all countries will qualify.

TPS is not a permanent status and will not allow an client to become a permanent resident or naturalize as a United States citizen. TPS status can be canceled at anytime by the United States Government; however, an client cannot be removed, detained, and may work while in TPS.

Does USCIS Charge a Fee For TPS Registration?

Currently, fees of $85.00 and $380.00 apply to TPS applicants. The applicant must submit a check or money order payable to U.S. Department of Homeland Security. This fee may be waived if the applicant falls below the Federal Poverty Guidelines. To apply for a fee waiver, the immigrant must bring their latest tax return with them to their appointment at EBSC.

What Is The Process To Register For TPS?

Registration for TPS, and re-registration, require filing forms I-764 and I-865 with USCIS. You must bring your expiring Employment Authorization Card or proof of past TPS registration, a passport, two passport sized photos, and a check or money order for $465.00.

When Do I Need to Re-Register for TPS?

USCIS requires that each TPS applicant submit their forms during their home country’s registration window. The most recent registration window can be found here.

Any other admissibility or deportability ground may be waived at the discretion of USCIS. INA § 244(c)(2)(A).

Will Every Immigrant From a Designated Country Be Granted TPS?

No, certain inadmissibility and deportability grounds under INA § 212 and INA § 237 respectively apply to immigrants who are applying for TPS. Any client who has been convicted of a felony or two misdemeanors in the United States, has ever ordered, incited, assisted, or otherwise participated in the persecution of others, has committed a serious nonpolitical crime outside of the United States, or an immigrant who has engaged in or materially supported terrorism is not eligible to receive TPS benefits. INA § 244(c)(2)(B)