Temporary Protected Status
The Secretary of DHS may designate a country to TPS due to the following temporary conditions:
- Ongoing armed conflict (such as a civil war)
- A natural disaster (such as an earthquake or hurricane) or an epidemic
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions.
During the designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or have been preliminary eligible for TPS during the initial review of their cases (prima facie eligible, or first intention eligible):
- They will not be removed from the United States
- They can get an Employment Authorization Document (EAD)
- They can obtain a travel authorization.
If you have TPS and wish to travel outside of the United States, you must apply for a travel authorization. The Travel Authorization for PS is generated as an Advance Permission document if USCIS determines that it is appropriate to approve your application. This document allows you to leave and return to the United States for a specified period. To apply for Advance Permit, you must submit Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. If you leave the United States without requesting advance permission, you could lose your TPS and you may not be allowed to re-enter the United States.
If USCIS is still adjudicating your TPS application, you could miss important notifications from the agency, such as a Request for Additional Evidence, while you are outside the United States. Failure to respond to these requests could result in your request being denied.