How do I apply for TPS from USCIS?
If you are applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the first time, you must submit an Application for Temporary Protected Status to USCIS with the appropriate filing fee. You will have to provide evidence to prove your identity and nationality, proof of residence, and, if you are age 14 or older, a fee for biometric services. If you are between the ages of 14 and 65 and want employment authorization, you should also complete and submit an Application for Employment Authorization to USCIS with the appropriate fee. Applicants who already have or do not wish to receive employment authorization still must submit a different USCIS Form.
If you are granted TPS, you must re-register with the USCIS for each period that your TPS benefits are extended. To re-register, you must complete and submit two separate applications and any applicable fees to USCIS during the period stated in the Federal Register notice of extension of the TPS designation. If you do not re-register each period, your TPS may be withdrawn. This is a very time sensitive application and you want to make sure that you are submitting the correct paperwork and fees to USCIS. If you need any help in applying to re-register for TPS, please feel free to call or email today!
Learning About the Status of Your Immigration Application
Your immigration journey is one that may have been long in the planning and the making. If you have any applications submitted to USCIS, you may be anvious to know of any change in status or progress in your case. Did you know that checking the status of your application is often quite simple? In many instances, you can log onto USCIS’s website and select ‘My Case Status’.
It is important to note that an e-filled receipt number is not necessarily available through this option for at least 72 hours after submitting your forms.
In case you are unable to get a status update, you can also contact the USCIS National Customer Service Center. Before you contact the department, make certain that you have your specific information from your application handy so you are ready to provide this information.
Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Renewal Eligibility
USCIS instructions for DACA renewal applications specify that a person may be considered for DACA renewal if he or she met the guidelines for consideration of initial DACA and
- did not depart the U.S. on or after August 15, 2012, without advance parole;
- has continuously resided in the United States since submitting the prior DACA application, and
- has not been convicted of a felony, a significant misdemeanor or three or more misdemeanors, and is not a threat to national security or public safety.
However, USCIS may ask you for additional information as well as for documents to verify the information on your DACA renewal application.
Please note that eligibility for DACA renewal is not limited to people who currently are under age 31. You cannot “age out” of eligibility for DACA if you were born after June 15, 1981. You do not need to have a job in order to be eligible for DACA renewal. You do not have to be enrolled in college to be eligible for DACA renewal.
If you need help in applying for your DACA renewal or need help in gathering your evidence and documents, please call Your Immigration Angel today!
You may have been granted DACA or deferred action based on your arrival in the U.S. as a child. If so, it may be time for you to renew your DACA grant. The expiration date can be found on the DACA Approval Notice (Form I-797 ) and on the Employment Authorization Document (EAD) card that you received when you were approved for DACA. It is very important that you renew your grant in a timely manner. USCIS encourages you to submit the renewal request in the time frame 150-120 days before the expiration of your current DACA grant. If you file for your renewal during this window of time, you can minimize the risk that your DACA grant will expire before your renewal application is approved. Contact us for assistance in filing for your DACA renewal!
Extending Your United States Green Card
Your U.S. Green Card can expire even if your lawful permanent status is still valid. The physical card will be good for 10 years, but you will need to renew it within six months of its expiration. The process is not difficult, but you need to make certain that you submit your green card extension paperwork in a timely manner! You will need to submit the correct fee as well as a fee for biometrics processing. Your fingerprints, photo and signature will be recorded for your file with USCIS. You can even renew your U.S. Green Card if you are planning on going abroad, as long as you file from within the U.S.
That’s Right! Your Lawful Permanent Resident status will not expire!
Once you have your U.S. Green Card, you are a lawful permanent resident (LPR) of the United States. Your status will not expire as long as you maintain certain ties to the U.S. However, your rights to remain in the U.S. can be jeopardized and taken away under certain conditions. Losing this right to reside in the United States means that you can be removed or deported. If you are convicted of a crime, you are at risk of losing your right to reside in the U.S. If you live outside of the U.S. while you are a LPR, you may also lose your status. In the latter situation, USCIS may consider your LPR status “abandoned.” There are a number of factors that contribute to a judge determining that you have abandoned your LPR status. It is important to make sure that you don’t risk losing your status if you intend to live, travel or work abroad while you are a LPR of the United States. For assistance in assessing your particular circumstances, please feel free to contact Your Immigration Angel today!
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador Extended for Another 18 Months!
The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) period for eligible nationals of El Salvador. The extension will increase the protected status for an additional 18 months. The extension goes into effect on March 10, 2015 through September 9, 2016.
How To Apply:
Current Salvadoran beneficiaries of TPS seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60 day period that runs from January 7, 2015 – March 9, 2015.
El Salvadoran nationals applying for TPS for the first time may only apply if he or she has resided in the United States since January 7, 2015 and have been continuously physically present since April 1, 2015.
Re-designation and 18 Month Extension for Syrian TPS Holders
The Secretary of Homeland Security has re-designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). This means that the existing TPS designation for Syria now covers April 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016. Eligible nationals of Syria may register or re-register for TPS and remain temporarily living and working in the United States.
How to Apply
Current Syrian beneficiaries of TPS seeking extension of status must re-register during the 60 day period starting on January 5, 2015 and ending on March 6, 2015.
Syrian nationals applying for the first time may apply starting April 1, 2015. To be eligible, you need to have resided in the United States since January 5, 2015 and have had continuous physical presence in the United States since April 1, 2015.