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What is Temporary Protected Status?

Kate McCarroll
January 12, 2018

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available to nationals of designated countries who are present in the United States, but unable to safely return to their home country. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security designates which countries are eligible for TPS on account of an armed conflict in the country; an environmental disaster (e.g. earthquake or hurricane); an epidemic; or other extraordinary conditions.

During the period of time set by the Department of Homeland Security, foreign nationals of designated countries cannot be removed from the U.S., and can obtain work and travel authorization. TPS is a temporary benefit, given until country conditions have improved, and does not lead to permanent U.S. immigration status.

Countries currently designated include: El Salvador (to end September 9, 2019); Haiti (to end July 22, 2019); Honduras; Nepal; Nicaragua; Somalia; South Sudan; Sudan; Syria; and, Yemen. It is estimated that more than 300,000 individuals in the United States currently have TPS.

About Kate McCarroll ...

Kate McCarroll practices in the area of immigration and nationality law and leads the firm's Immigration and Nationality law group. She has extensive experience in employment-related immigration law, including inbound and outbound immigration; I-9 and immigration-related compliance training; and, assisting corporations with Department of Labor/Department of Homeland Security audits.  Kate has also handled immigration matters involving criminal and inadmissibility issues; family-based immigration; and asylum proceedings.

Kate is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Detroit Mercy. She is a mentor through the American Immigration Lawyers Association, where she answers questions from new and seasoned attorneys from around the country. She provides pro bono support to military families through AILA. She also offers pro bono counsel through the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center and serves on the International Medical Graduate Taskforce, where she lobbies on behalf of physician-related immigration issues.

In 2012, she was named to the Michigan Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. In 2016, Kate was selected as a “Michigan Super Lawyer” in immigration law.  She was nominated as one of the "10 Best" Immigration Attorneys for Michigan by the American Institute of Legal Counsel, Immigration Division, in 2016. She was recognized by Crain's Detroit Business as one of their Notable Women Lawyers in Michigan - 2017. Follow my LinkedIn Pulse blog.

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