Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Announced for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone

Due to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, On November 20 , 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for 18 months. This means that if you are an eligible national from any of these three countries, including people without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries, you will not be removed from the United States and are authorized to work and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The 180-day TPS registration period begins Nov. 21, 2014 and runs through May 20, 2015.

If you are an eligible national from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone  currently residing in the United States you may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The TPS designations for the three countries are effective Nov. 21, 2014 and will be in effect for 18 months. For more details visit www.uscis.gov/tps.

Applicants must demonstrate  they have been “continuously residing” in the United States since Nov. 20, 2014 and “continuously physically present in” the United States since Nov. 21, 2014.  For the complete requirements visit the TPS Web page atwww.uscis.gov/tps

**Liberians currently covered under the two-year extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) based on President Obama’s Sept. 26, 2014 memorandum may apply for TPS. It is important to apply within the initial 180-day registration period or you will be ineligible for TPS because you will have missed the initial registration period. 

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