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Temporary Protected Status for Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone

The Department of Homeland Security announced on November 20, 2014 that due to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, Temporary Protected Status is now designated for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for a period of 18 months. Eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who are currently residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

There is a 180-day TPS registration period which begins Nov. 21, 2014 and ends on May 20, 2015. The TPS designation is in effect from Nov. 21, 2014 until May 20, 2016. If you are granted TPS status, you will not be removed from the United States and are eligible to receive an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

To be eligible for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they have been continuously residing and continuously physically present in the United States since Nov. 21, 2014.  Applicants must also undergo security checks. Individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS. A consultation with an Immigration Attorney will help determine whether an individual’s criminal convictions will prevent them from applying for TPS.

Read more at the USCIS Website

TPS for Haiti Re-Registration Ending Soon

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for eligible Haitians for an additional 18 months, starting July 23, 2014 through January 22, 2016. If you have already been granted TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day period from March 3, 2014, through May 2, 2014. Re-register as soon as possible.

The extension will also provide a new Work Authorization (EAD) for those who request it. You will receive a new EAD card with an expiration date of Jan. 22, 2016. If you have re-registered, but do not receive your new EAD before your current card expires, USCIS is automatically extending your current card for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through Jan. 22, 2015.

If you have a TPS Haiti EAD with an original expiration date of July 22, 2014, you may continue to work even if you have not yet received your new EAD card. Show your employer your current TPS-related EAD and a copy of the Federal Register notice. If USCIS approves your TPS re-registration application and you requested an EAD, you will be issued a new card with an expiration date of January 22, 2016.