This is the form you use to apply for or renew Temporary Protected Status (TPS) if you are from a designated foreign country and you have been in the United States of America for a specified period. When you use this form for the first time, or to renew your TPS registration, you can also apply for an employment authorization by simultaneously filing a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The Temporary Protected Status Designation
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a designation given to certain foreign countries by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security based on circumstances that may put someone from that country in harm’s way if they are sent back. Some common examples include ongoing armed conflict or a catastrophic natural disaster. You can find a complete list of TPS countries on the USCIS TPS page.
Qualifications for Temporary Protected Status
In order to seek Temporary Protected Status by filing form I-821, you must meet certain requirements. Specifically, you must be from a foreign country that has been recognized as a TPS country by the Department of Homeland Security. In addition to meeting other requirements you must also be able to prove that you have remained in the United States and lived here since the date specified for your country.
If you qualify for TPS, you cannot be deported. You can get a work permit and you may be allowed to travel.
Preserving TPS Benefits
In addition to USCIS, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) or an immigration judge can grant individual TPS. If you qualify for TPS, you must renew your status during applicable periods to preserve your benefits. This is done by filing Form I-821 with USCIS.