Historically, the U.S. Government has issued temporary legal status to certain undocumented immigrants. Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) are the two types of temporary relief that are currently in effect.
A third type of temporary relief, Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA), is a program which is currently on hold pending decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which is expected in the summer of 2016.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
On occasion the US Government introduces Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for undocumented Immigrants residing in the United States. This can occur after a natural disaster or if internal conflict is ongoing in the Immigrants home country .
As a rule of thumb TPS is offered during an initial registration period whereby the protected immigrant must file Form (I-821). TPS is normally granted for a period of eighteen months.
The government may extend TPS after the initial eighteen months for an additional eighteen months and so on. The protected immigrant must renew his or her TPS and file Form (I-821) every eighteen months for as long as TPS is extended.
Citizens of the following countries currently residing in the U.S. may be eligible for TPS:
• El Salvador
YES. Law Offices Jon E Jessen LLC won an important case (Arabally Yerabally) that protects your right to travel on Advanced Parole. File FORM (I-131) Advanced Parole. This document must be approved before you travel.
NO. Applicants must file during the initial registration period. Approved TPS petitions are valid for eighteen months. The US Government historically grants extensions only to those who filed during the initial registration period.
Immigrants with Arrests and Criminal Histories
If you are looking to obtain legal status or citizenship in the United States certain criminal convictions, either in the United States or anywhere else in the world, can result in adverse immigration consequences.