In a past article (What is Temporary Protected Status “TPS”), we discussed that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status provided to immigrants from certain countries who are in the United States and are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, a natural or environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.
Afghanistan Designated for TPS for 18 months
On March 16, 2022, Ukraine was designated for TPS for eighteen months, based on;1) the ongoing armed conflict in Afghanistan, and 2) extraordinary and temporary conditions in Afghanistan that prevent nationals of Afghanistan to safely return to their home country.
Am I eligible for Afghanistan’s 18-month TPS designation?
To be eligible you must:
– Be a national of Afghanistan;
– Have continuously resided in the United States since March 15, 2022; and
– Not be inadmissible to the United States or be barred from asylum for certain criminal or national security-related reasons.
How do I apply for Afghanistan’s 18-month designation?
You must register during a specific registration period by submitting an application to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) with the required application fees. The 18-month designation of TPS for Ukraine will go into effect on the publication date of the forthcoming Federal Register notice. Said date has not yet been announced.
If you have questions about TPS, or any other immigration matter, please contact our attorneys at the Law Offices of Azita M. Mojarad. Our experienced immigration attorneys stand ready to assist you.