If you are unable to safely return to your home country, you may petition the United States government to allow you to temporarily stay in the United States under Temporary Protected Status. If
the United States grants you Temporary Protected Status, then you can safely stay in the U.S. until the situation in your home country gets better. At the Law Office of Adrian Murati, our
Rockford immigration firm can help you assess whether you are eligible for Temporary Protected Status and file for the program. Call us at (815) 289-3209 to speak with a Rockford immigration
attorney about your immigration options.
In order to qualify for protection, the Secretary of Homeland Security must have designated your home country under Temporary Protected Status. The United States designates foreign countries for
the following reasons:
Ongoing civil strife (such as a civil war);
- An environmental disaster (such as an earthquake or hurricane);
- An epidemic (such as a deadly disease outbreak);
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions.
You can check if your home country has been designated for Temporary Protected Status on the USCIS website. Additionally, in order to be approved you must:
Be a national of a country designated for Temporary Protected Status or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated
- Apply during the open initial registration or re-registration period, or qualify for late filing during an extension of country status;
- Have been “continuously physically present” in the U.S. since the effective date of the most recent designation date of your home country; and
- Have been “continuously residing” in the U.S. since the date specified for your home country.
If you have a criminal record or other negative factors in your personal history, you may be denied Temporary Protected Status.
As the name suggest, Temporary Protected Status is only a temporary relief but there are still many benefits associated with it. If you are granted the status, then you do not have to worry about
deportation and if the government is in the middle of deporting you, you may be able to stop the process and remain in the United States. You can also get work authorization so you can find
employment while you are in the United States. It is important to note that Temporary Protected Status does not lead to a green card, but you may still have other options for remaining
permanently in the U.S. (such as an asylum application).
If you are unable to safely return to your home country due to an environmental disaster, civil strife, or other severe condition, you may be eligible to apply for Temporary Protected Status. At
the Law Office of Adrian Murati, we can help you determine whether you are eligible for Temporary Protected Status and apply for the program. Call us at (815) 289-3209 to speak with a Rockford
immigration lawyer about your legal options.