What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

Temporary Protected Status or TPS is a special type of status given by the United States to citizens whose countries are in crisis. If a major catastrophe or crisis occurs in a country, then the United States can declare the country to be under Temporary Protected Status. With TPS, any citizens of the TPS country in the United States at the time of the crisis can claim TPS status and stay in the United States until the crisis is over.

TPS status can last anywhere from a few months to a few years.

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