TPS (Temporary Protected Status)
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of designated countries. TPS beneficiaries will not be required to leave the United States (while TPS remains valid) and may obtain work authorization for the initial TPS period and for any extensions of the designation. TPS does not lead to permanent resident status. When the U.S. government terminates a TPS designation, beneficiaries will return to the same immigration status they had before TPS (unless that status has expired or has been terminated) or to any other status they may have been granted while in TPS.
You may currently be eligible for Temporary Protected Status if you are from El Salvador, Honduras, Burundi, Libia, Somalia, Sudan, or Nicaragua and do not have any felony or more than two misdemeanor convictions.
Temporary Protected Status offers individuals from certain countries a TEMPORARY way to stay in the United States as an alternative to asylum. However, as the name clearly implies, TPS is only a short term solution, and it is available only to applicants from a few selected countries.