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Seeking Temporary Protected Status? Call A Seattle Immigration Attorney.

The terms asylum and temporary protected status (TPS) are often used interchangeably. While both of these immigration processes protect individuals from persecution, war and other dangers, they are distinct. Asylum applies to individual cases, whereas temporary protected status applies to people from certain nations.

At ERM Immigration Law, PLLC, our Seattle immigration lawyers have a wealth of experience handling temporary protected status cases.

What Is Temporary Protected Status?

TPS may be awarded to migrants from countries where there is ongoing conflict or other dangerous scenarios. Once a country has been granted TPS status, individuals already in the U.S. who were expected to return to a TPS nation may be permitted to stay in the U.S.

The laws surrounding TPS can be complex. An experienced immigration attorney can clarify the rules for you.

Why Are Some Nations Given Temporary Protected Status?

Any nation can be designated TPS if there are immediate dangers to residents of that country. The U.S. government may consider awarding TPS if the following factors are present:

  • Armed conflicts – TPS is often awarded if a nation is undergoing armed conflict or a civil war.
  • Natural disasters – TPS may also be awarded if a nation has experienced or is currently experiencing natural disasters that cause a threat to life.

The decision to grant TPS is at the full discretion of the Secretary of Homeland Security.

When Can Individuals Apply?

An individual may be able to extend their stay in the U.S. on the basis of TPS if:

  • That person has been continuously present in the U.S. since the designation.
  • They are a national or permanent resident of that TPS nation.
  • They have no criminal record and pose no legitimate threat to national security.

TPS is typically awarded for between six and 18 months.

Apply For Temporary Protected Status Today

The process of applying to stay in the U.S. can be complex. There are several forms to fill in and certain criteria must be met. At ERM Immigration Law, PLLC, we deal with these types of cases regularly. Call us at 206-745-9241 today to arrange a consultation here in our Washington office. You can also reach us online.