Effective immediately, TPS holders may once again seek travel authorization from USCIS by requesting a TPS Travel Authorization. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a memorandum on July 1 that restored a green card path for individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under a travel authorization process that was changed under the Trump administration.
The process allows immigrants who entered the United States without legal permission but who now have TPS to travel outside the U.S. upon return to be officially inspected and admitted at a U.S. port of entry.
TPS holders must request travel authorization to leave the U.S. A TPS holder who leaves the United States without first obtaining TPS travel authorization may lose the TPS status and be unable to reenter the United States. Thousands of TPS holders could benefit from the restored process.
Federal immigration law recognizes that some immigrants merit legal relief when they have been victims of abuse, persecution, violence, or other dangerous situations. Temporary Protected Status grants a work permit and reprieve from deportation to certain people whose countries have experienced natural disasters, armed conflicts or exceptional situations so they can remain temporarily in the United States.
15 countries currently have TPS designations:
Godoy Law Office is an established immigration law firm in Chicago and Oak Brook, Illinois, with attorneys ready to help you interpret the law as it applies in your case and apply for legal immigration status if you are eligible. If you need help with an immigration issue, please contact our office at 630-912-0322.
Godoy Law Office serves the entire Chicago, Illinois area, including DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, and Lake Counties.
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