What is TPS and How Are Families Affected?

TPS has recently made news since our current President has taken office.  Promises to crackdown on “illegal” immigration have thrown many families into a panic. Making them uncertain of what the future may hold for them and their loved ones.

What is TPS?

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is granted by the Secretary of U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Secretary) to eligible foreign-born individuals, who are unable to return home safely due to conditions or circumstances preventing their country from adequately handling the return.”

Countries that have been a part of this program have been El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Sudan, Honduras, Nepal, Syria, Yemen, South Sudan and Somalia. However, with current administration changes, the future of many of these families could change. They will no longer able to stay in the US and risk deportation.

How much time do the families affected by TPS have?

The US government can extend the timeline for families by 18 months. However, as it currently stands, families that were once protected by TPS could experience a significant change.  People from the countries of El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti, will have those protections come to an end. El Salvador, which has the most people here protected by TPS, is facing expiration in March of 2018.

Originally in 1990, the countries that became a part of this list was determined by US Attorney General. As of October 2017, that power has shifted to the Secretary of Homeland Security.

With the future so uncertain, what can families do to avoid deportation?

Although fear has struck many facing the reality of TPS expiring, there are steps you can take to start planning the next course of action.

The first step, which may be the most important of all, would be to sit down and meet with an immigration lawyer. The lawyer can help you figure out what you and your family should do in case you are no longer able to stay in the US.

Talk with friends and family to come up with a plan on what to do in case you are detained and need help with your children in regards to custody.

Lastly, come up with a contingency plan regardless of whether TPS status is extended for six to 18 months.

Even though the future may seem daunting, we can come together to make sure a plan is in place. We can help give a peace of mind for you and your family. Give us a call at (678)503-2780 to schedule an appointment to go over your options.

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