Questions and Answers Regarding TPS (Temporary Protected Status)

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Will I be able to obtain a work permit from USCIS?

If your TPS application is approved, you may receive your Employment Authorization Document (EAD) if you requested your EAD at the same time as your TPS application.  For an EAD, you must submit the appropriate application and USCIS.  Applicants who already have or do not wish to receive employment authorization still must submit a completed USCIS form, but without the required fee.

May I travel outside the United States?

If you are granted TPS, you must remain continuously physically present in the United States. The grant of TPS status does not mean that you have permission to travel abroad.  In some cases, limited permission to travel may be granted by the district director in accordance with the advance parole regulations.

Failure to obtain advance parole prior to traveling abroad may result in the withdrawal of your TPS.  This may subsequently put you at risk of removal or deportation.

How can I check the status of my application?

You can contact the USCIS office that received your application to ask about your case status.  Be prepared to provide the USCIS staff with specific information about your application.

If my application is rejected by USCIS, may I appeal?

If your application for TPS is denied, you may have the option to appeal.  You will receive instructions telling you whether or not you are allowed to appeal the decision.  These instructions will be included in the notice of denial.

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