Biden Extends Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants

Mario A. Godoy
Biden Extends Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is an immigration program that allows some immigrants to live and work in the United States while their home country is in crisis. President Biden has extended Temporary Protected Status for immigrants into 2022 and beyond for eligible immigrants from nine nations: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. In addition, the administration expanded TPS eligibility for immigrants from Haiti.

TPS status is given by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to immigrants in the US who are afraid to return to their home country due to dangerous conditions. Due to the recent crisis is Haiti, TPS extended protection to Haitians in the United States. War, hurricanes, earthquakes and other extraordinary conditions can qualify a country to be deemed in crisis by DHS.

In January 2021, DHS included citizens of Myanmar and Venezuela as eligible for protected status.  Currently, there are approximately 700,000 immigrants in the United States who are protected from deportation under Temporary Protected Status.

TPS Court Challenges

The Trump administration tried to end the TPS program and ordered the deportation of 98% of TPS recipients by ending the status for every country except Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. The Supreme Court ruled unanimously on Monday, June 7, 2021, that protected noncitizens who entered the United States without permission have not been officially admitted into the U.S. and do not qualify to adjust status in the U.S. (legal permanent residence).

Do You Qualify for Temporary Protected Status? Contact an Immigration Lawyer for Help

If you have questions about your eligibility to remain in the United States due to unsafe conditions in your home country, please contact our office. We can schedule an evaluation or attorney consultation to answer your immigration questions. Contact Godoy Law Office at 630-912-0322, our skilled immigration lawyers in Chicago, Lombard and Oak Brook can answer any questions about immigration and guide you through every step of the process.

Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, and Lake Counties.

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