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What is Temporary Protected Status and am I eligible?

Georgia residents might be interested in learning about what Temporary Protect Status is. In situations where a country has experienced a natural disaster or there is a civil war, the Secretary of Homeland Security may decide to designate that country for Temporary Protected Status.

Temporary Protected Status is intended to be a short-term solution to an emergency situation, and an expiration date is set by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security when the designation is issued. The expiration date is based on a reasonable expectation that the situation in the country concerned will have returned to normal. However, if the situation in the country remains unstable, the designation could be extended. While a designation of Temporary Protected Status remains in effect, citizens of the country concerned may not be detained by immigration authorities based on their status.

Citizens of the country with protected status may also apply for an Employment Authorization Document and begin the process of seeking permanent residency or asylum in the U.S. However, they must still meet all of the qualifications necessary for a Green Card or asylum to be granted. Conversely, their protected status would be unaffected and remain in place if their application were to be denied by immigration officials.

Those hoping to secure the right to live and work legally in the U.S. may find the immigration process difficult to understand and frustrating if a deadline is missed or a mistake is made. An immigration attorney may assist those hoping to secure a work visa or Green Card during the application process, and they could advocate on their behalf during immigration hearings or deportation proceedings.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, "Temporary Protected Status", November 08, 2014

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