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Temporary protected status in Ohio

On Behalf of | Apr 15, 2024 | Naturalization

Temporary Protected Status provides safety and work authorization in the United States for nationals from certain countries undergoing environmental disasters, ongoing armed conflict or extraordinary and temporary conditions.

In Ohio, individuals with TPS can find a haven and support as they navigate life away from the challenges of their home countries.

Defining TPS

TPS allows its beneficiaries to live and work in the United States for a designated period, usually up to 18 months, which they can extend, depending on the situation in their home country. It does not lead directly to permanent resident status, but it offers the ability to obtain an employment authorization document.

Eligibility for TPS

To qualify for TPS, individuals must be nationals of a country designated for TPS by the United States government. They must file during the open initial registration or re-registration period or meet the requirements for late initial filing during any extension of their country’s TPS designation. Applicants cannot have convictions for any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States. Additionally, they must be physically present in the U.S. since the effective date of the most recent designation of their country.

Benefits of TPS in Ohio

People with TPS can access work authorization, allowing them to find employment and support themselves and their families.

Ohio offers a supportive community for TPS holders, with various organizations and groups dedicated to assisting them in legal, social and employment matters. These resources aim to help individuals navigate the challenges of adjusting to life in the U.S. while maintaining legal status.

Renewing TPS

TPS holders need to stay informed about the renewal process and deadlines to maintain their status. The U.S. government periodically reviews conditions in TPS-designated countries to decide whether to extend or terminate the status. Beneficiaries must re-register during the specified periods to continue enjoying the benefits.

TPS beneficiaries can work towards building a stable and safe life in Ohio while their home countries recover from significant disruptions.