Gainesville Temporary Protected Status Lawyer
Some of the applications that United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) receives are from people for whom everything is going well, and getting the application approved is just the icing on the cake. Some of the forms it processes are from U.S. permanent residents applying for naturalization; if USCIS denies the application, the applicant can keep their permanent residency status and reapply for naturalization. Likewise, applicants seeking student visas and investor visas are in a strong financial position, where they will be able to afford university tuition or business investments one way or another, whether it is in the United States or another country. USCIS also receives applications from people whose physical safety depends on the agency’s decision to allow them to remain in the United States, people who will be in immediate danger if the U.S. government does not allow them to stay, because of adverse conditions in their home countries. Citizens of certain countries are eligible for temporary protected status (TPS), which allows them to live and work in the United States until conditions in their countries improve. If you currently have TPS or want to apply for it, contact the Gainesville Temporary Protected Status lawyers at Shirazi Immigration Law, Inc.
Which Countries Are Eligible for TPS?
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is available for citizens of certain crisis-affected countries who are already present in the U.S. when the disaster occurs. If a disaster affects your country and the U.S. government opens TPS for your country, you should apply for it. This way, when your current nonimmigrant visa (such as a student visa or visitor visa) expires, the Department of Homeland Security will not be able to deport you. Once you have received TPS, you must renew your status before it expires, or else it will risk deportation. AS of December 2021, these are the countries eligible for TPS:
- Burma (Myanmar)
- El Salvador
- South Sudan
How Is Applying for TPS Different From Seeking Asylum as a Refugee?
Currently, TPS is only available to citizens of the twelve countries listed above, as well as to people without nationalities who were residing in these countries and traveled to the United States shortly before the crisis (natural disaster or violent conflict) began. To apply for asylum, however, there are no restrictions on your country of origin. Asylum is available to citizens of any country who have been persecuted because of their ethnic background, religious beliefs, or political views in their own country. If you want to seek asylum in the U.S. but are not currently in the U.S., you should apply to enter as a refugee. You should do this by contacting a refugee organization or the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in the country where you currently reside.
Temporary Protected Status Lawyers in Gainesville, Georgia
An immigration lawyer can help you apply for TPS to renew your status if you currently have TPS. Contact Shirazi Immigration Law, Inc. at our offices in Atlanta, Georgia to represent you in your naturalization case.