protected status, or TPS, is available to those foreign nationals
requiring a safe haven due to an ongoing armed conflict or natural
disasters which have disrupted living conditions in their home countrys.
There must be extraordinary and temporary conditions in the foreign
state that prevent foreign nationals from returning to their country.
Haitian earthquake is a good example of conditions so extreme that
the United States ceased deportation of out-of-status Haitians present
in the United States prior to January 12, 2010 (the date of the
earthquake) and offered them the opportunity to apply for TPS.
is granted for 6 to 18 month periods of time and allows for work
authorization. In order to qualify for TPS, the following must be
met and proved with supporting evidence: