Temporary Protected Status Lawyers in Newark, NJ
NJ Immigration Attorney Michael Noriega Will Help You Obtain Temporary Protected Status in the US
Under certain circumstances, the US Department of Homeland Security will designate a foreign country for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) if it finds that the conditions in that country make it unsafe or the country is unable to handle the return of its own nationals adequately. The US Government will allow this temporary benefit to nationals of the affected country who are already in the US and who make application for the benefit.
Some examples of when TPS may become available include: governmental turmoil or armed conflicts within a country, natural disasters or unexpected extraordinary, but temporary conditions. If granted TPS you can safely remain in the US without being removed, you will be eligible to apply for work authorization and in some circumstances, and you may be eligible to receive travel authorization.
However, it is important to note that TPS does not lead to lawful permanent resident status automatically, but you will still be allowed to apply for your lawful permanent resident status if you are otherwise eligible.
If you are from a protected country and wish to register for TPS, speak to experienced North Jersey immigration lawyer Michael Noriega, Esq. He will explain your rights and guide you step-by-step through the confusing application process.
Benefits of Temporary Protected Status for Immigrants in New Jersey
If you are living in New Jersey, and have been granted TPS:
- You will be legally permitted to work in the United States
- You will also be allowed to travel outside of the U.S., in certain situations
- Perhaps, most importantly, the US government cannot move to deport you during the duration of your temporary protected status
- While it does not lead to legal permanent residency in the U.S., those granted temporary protection status do have the right to apply for non-immigrant visas or an adjustment of status
Find Out If You Are Eligible for Temporary Protected Status in NJ
There are currently eight countries on the TPS list: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Syria.
To obtain temporary protected status in the US:
- You must be either a national of the TPS country, or a habitual resident, if not a national.
- You must file during an open registration or re-registration period. If you are a late applicant, you must meet the requirements for a late filer.
- You must have been continually physically present and continually residing in the U.S. since the date of your country’s most recent designation.
- You must not have been convicted of any felonies or any two misdemeanors while in the U.S.
- You must not be considered “inadmissible” by immigration standards, meaning that you don’t have an extensive criminal record, any immigration violations or have been considered to have submitted misrepresentations to the U.S. in past applications.
Determining eligibility for TPS can be confusing. Consult with a knowledgeable immigration lawyer who has successfully helped many people in Newark, Elizabeth, Camden, Paterson, Trenton, Edison and many other New Jersey municipalities, apply for and be granted TPS.
Consult with Elizabeth, NJ Immigration Attorney Michael Noriega Today About Obtaining TPS
If you are a national from a country that may benefit from the protections of temporary protected status, call now to speak with Michael Noriega and find out if you qualify for TPS and get your application process underway immediately. Call our offices today or fill out our confidential contact form to request your consultation with Mr. Noriega.