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Temporary Protected Status Updates


On May 1, 2012, the Department of Homeland Security re-designated Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), extending the designation until March 17, 2014. Individuals who currently have Somali TPS must re-register by July 2, 2012. Somali nationals applying for the first time must file by October 29, 2012, and must show continuous residence in the United States since May 1, 2012, and continuous physical presence as of September 18, 2012.

The initial TPS registration period for Syrian nationals remains open until September 25, 2012, for those Syrian nationals who have continuous residence and physical presence in the United States as of March 29, 2012.

If eligible, you must apply for TPS and submit the appropriate forms (I-821 and I-765) and supporting documentation by the relevant deadline. The total filing fees are $515, but you may submit a fee waiver request (Form I-912) with supporting evidence that you are unable to pay the fees. Additional information and instructions can be found on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ TPS webpage.

Please seek legal advice before filing an application for TPS, particularly if you have been arrested or convicted for a criminal offense. You may not be eligible for Temporary Protected Status if you have certain criminal convictions, and filing for TPS may trigger removal proceedings against you.

For Free Legal Advice, You May Call LSNJ-LAW™, Legal Services of New Jersey’s Hotline

Legal Services of New Jersey is a statewide non-profit that provides free legal advice and, in certain cases, representation to low-income New Jersey residents. To find out if you qualify for our services, please contact our statewide, toll-free legal hotline at 1-888-576-5529, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and leave a voicemail for our Immigration Representation Project. You will receive a return phone call within five business days. Interpreters are available for Arabic and other languages.


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