Is your TPS expiring? Find out what you can do if your TPS or DED is expiring.
TPS or DED expiring? Learn about your options.
What happened to my TPS?
In 2017, the US government said that the TPS program is slowly ending. TPS expires (ends) for people from these countries on the following dates:
- Liberia (DED): March 31, 2019
- Sudan: April 2, 2019*
- Nicaragua: April 2, 2019*
- Nepal: June 24, 2019
- Haiti: July 22, 2019*
- El Salvador: September 9, 2019*
- Honduras: January 5, 2020
- Yemen: March 3, 2020
- Somalia: March 17, 2020
* Update November 2018: The end of TPS for these four countries is now undecided because of a court case. The court case that says TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Haiti should not expire. The Department of Homeland Security says that TPS for these four countries will continue as long as the court’s order continues. There should be a decision about the court case in March 2019.
What does this mean for me and my family?
If you are a TPS holder from one of the above countries, your protection will end on the dates shown above. This means you will have to change your status or leave the United States. If you do nothing, you will become an undocumented immigrant. You will risk arrest and deportation.
For other countries on the list, the decision has not been made whether to extend or end TPS. These are the dates decisions will be made about those countries:
- South Sudan: March 3, 2019
- Syria: August 1, 2019
What should I do now if my TPS is expiring?
Please click on the links below for information about TPS by country and about your options. The information is in English and translated into your own language.
What happened to my DED?
The US government has announced that Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for people from Liberia expires on March 31, 2019. Please click here for more information about DED for Liberians.
- This link on the Catholic Legal Immigration Network (CLINIC) website has a guide in English, Spanish and Haitian Creole: Making Sense of the Administration’s Decisions on Temporary Protected Status: A Quick Guide for Temporary Protected Status Holders
- The Informed Immigrant website has brought together information and guidance for documented and undocumented immigrants.
- From the Immigrant Legal Resource Center:
Adjustment Opportunities for People with TPS and People whose TPS Will Expire
- Read this information sheet from CLINIC
Resources in your community
- Please use the RCO’s In Your City database to look for organizations in your community that help with immigration matters and legal advice.
- The Informed Immigrant database also lists hundreds of organizations, state by state, that help immigrants.
How to help TPS holders
What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?
TPS offers protection to people in the United States who cannot safely go back to their homeland. This may be because of conflict or because of natural disasters. TPS applies to some people from just ten countries.
TPS allows people to stay in the United States and work legally, but it does not give them citizenship or a green card. TPS holders can stay at least six months. Some TPS holders have been allowed to stay for more than ten years.
Who is helping?
The Interfaith Immigration Coalition (IIC) is a partnership of faith-based organizations committed to immigration reform that welcomes all newcomers and treats all human beings with dignity and respect. Its members work together to advocate for just and equitable immigration policies, educate faith communities, and serve immigrant populations around the country.
Go the IIC website to find ways you can take action to help defend TPS. You can help TPS holders in your community and across the United States.
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