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Temporary Protected status

The TPS statute and INS regulations (Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and 8 C.F.R. § 244) provide eligible aliens from designated countries a temporary stay of removal and employment authorization for the designated TPS period and for any extensions. For eligibility information, please see 8 CFR § 244. TPS does not lead to permanent resident status. When a TPS designation ends, beneficiaries revert to the immigration status they had prior to TPS (unless that benefit has expired or been terminated) or to any other status they may have been granted while in TPS. For more information, you may download the application forms. You may also wish to read How Do I Apply for Temporary Protected Status.

(Last updated 8/03/2001)



Country Currently Designated? Designation Date* Expiration Date Federal Register Cite (most recent)
Angola Yes 3/29/2000 3/29/2002 65 FR 16634
Angola IIa Yes 3/29/2001 3/29/2002 66 FR 18111 (extension and re-designation)
Bosnia-Herzegovina No 8/10/1992 2/10/2001 65 FR 52789 (6 month extension and termination)
Burundi Yes 11/4/1997 11/2/2001 64 FR 61123
(re-designation)
Burundi IIa Yes 11/9/1999 11/2/2001 65 FR 67404 (extension)
El Salvador No 1/1/1991 6/30/1992
(DED to 12/31/1994)
56 FR 618 (TPS)
59 FR 62751(DED)
El Salvador IIb Yes 3/9/2001 9/9/2002 66 FR 14214
Guinea-Bissau No 3/11/1999 9/10/2000 65 FR 15016
Honduras Yes 5/8/2001
(CR from 12/30/1998)
7/5/2002 66 FR 23269 (extension)
66 FR 35270 (EAD)
Kosovo (province of
Yugoslavia)
No 6/9/1998 12/8/2000 65 FR 33356
Kosovo IIa(province of Yugoslavia)
(redesignation)
No 6/8/1999 12/8/2000 65 FR 33356 (termination)
Kuwait No 3/27/1991 3/27/1992 56 FR 12745
Lebanon No 3/27/1991 3/28/1993 56 FR 12746
Liberia No
3/27/1991 9/28/1999 (DED
through 9/29/01)
64 FR 41463
Liberia II No
4/7/1997
(CR from 6/1/1996)
9/28/1999 (DED
through 9/29/01)
64 FR 41463
Liberia III No 9/29/1998 9/28/1999**
(DED through 9/29/2001)
64 FR 41463
(termination)
Montserrat Yes 8/28/1997 8/27/2002 66 FR 40834
(extension)
Nicaragua Yes 5/8/2001 7/5/2002 66 FR 23271 (extension)
66 FR 35270 (EAD)
Rwanda No 6/7/1994 12/6/1997 62 FR 33442
Sierra Leone No 11/4/1997 11/2/2001 64 FR 61125
(re-designation)
Sierra Leone IIa Yes 11/09/1999 11/2/2001 65 FR 67405 (extension)
Somalia Yes 9/16/1991 9/17/2001 65 FR 69789 (note: correction @ 65 FR 77074) [310]
Sudan Yes 11/4/1997 11/2/2001 64 FR 61128
(re-designation)
Sudan IIa Yes 11/9/1999 11/2/2001 65 FR 67407 (extension)

a Subsequent listings of these countries indicate a re-designation under the TPS program.

b The most recent designation of El Salvador under the TPS program is not a "re-designation" of the original, statutory designation under Section 303 of the IMMACT of 1990. The original designation was based upon Congress' determination that there was an ongoing conflict in El Salvador, whereas the new designation is based on the Attorney General's determination that recent earthquakes have resulted in a substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions, such that El Salvador is temporarily unable to handle adequately the return of its nationals.

* Unless otherwise indicated, continuous residence (CR) and continuous physical presence (CPP) are required from designation date.

** The President has directed the Attorney General to extend deferred enforced departure (DED) and related employment authorization benefits to eligible Liberians in the United States until 9/29/2001.


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