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What does temporary protected status mean?

On Behalf of | Oct 4, 2020 | Immigration Law

When seeking shelter in the U.S., you may have a few avenues at your disposal. If you come from a country in conflict, you may apply for something called temporary protected status.

Find out what temporary protected status is and how you may apply for yourself or on behalf of someone else in your family.

Why are some countries on this list?

The Department of Homeland Security is in charge of creating the list of countries that designate whether temporary protected status is an option. The list of nations on this list is enduring some sort of conflict, whether violent or otherwise. Reasons for the classification include:

  • Environmental catastrophes, such as acts of nature or an epidemic
  • Violent conflicts, such as genocide or civil war
  • Temporary governmental sanctions preventing a return to the home country

The temporary protected status label may remain in force for up to 18 months, unless rescinded or extended. Homeland security reviews the list every six months.

Does protected status equal a green card?

If you apply for and receive temporary protected status, it does not give you a green card. Since you did not have to go through the inspection or interview process that those seeking citizenship do, you are not eligible for a green card. A temporary protected status label does not provide a direct path to citizenship. However, there are ways you can seek an extended stay, a visa or a green card while on U.S. soil.

If you or someone you love is in the United States and unable to return due to one of the three factors above, seeking temporary protected status may help you remain.