Immigrant rights and activist groups are organizing a week of action to call on Congress and the Biden Administration to support temporary protected status (TPS) for Central America and for the dignity of 1.6 M Guatemalans, Hondurans, Nicaraguans, and Salvadorans to continue living in the United States.

 

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What is TPS?

With the work permit and legal protection from deportation, TPS allows individuals of a designated country to live in the United States because their country conditions make safe return impossible. The conditions that allow a country to qualify for TPS are: ongoing armed conflict; natural disaster, or epidemic; other extraordinary and temporary conditions. The number of individuals who would be eligible for TPS if the administration redesignated TPS for El Salvador is 523,000, 409,400 for Honduras, and 35,500 for Nicaragua. 662,500 individuals from Guatemala would be eligible if an initial designation was issued for the country, for a total of 1,630,400 eligible individuals from Central America.

Initial Designation vs. Extension vs. Redesignation Initial designation:

The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can designate a country for TPS for 18 months based on country conditions. This is called an initial designation.

Extension: The Secretary can extend a designation of TPS past the expiration date of the initial designation, and can extend the registration period of an initial designation. An extension can be for an additional period of 6, 12 or 18 months. Redesignation: The Secretary can redesignate a country for TPS if they find that the country conditions still qualify the designated country for TPS. Redesignation moves up the date of continuous presence and residence to expand the eligibility of individuals to apply.

Redesignation: The Secretary can redesignate a country for TPS if they find that the country conditions still qualify the designated country for TPS. Redesignation moves up the date of continuous presence and residence to expand the eligibility of individuals to apply.