Apply for Temporary Protected Status using Form I-821 Online!

Use our simple step-by-step system to complete your Form I-821, Application to obtain Temporary Protected Status (TPS) online. Our easy to use system will provide you with everything you need to complete and file your I-821 application with United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS).

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Temporary Protected Status Application Form I-821

Form I-821 is the application to obtain Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS, born out of the Immigration Act of 1990, was created to allow visiting nationals the ability to temporarily extend their stay in the United States if it is unsafe for them to return home. The Department of Homeland Security designates which countries are eligible for TPS and the duration of eligibility. TPS may be designated to a country under circumstances of warfare, environmental disaster, epidemic, or other extreme conditions.

Successful acceptance of Form I-821 qualifies you to apply for a temporary employment via form I-765

In order to qualify for Temporary Protected Status you must meet the following requirements:

Temporary Protected Status
  • Be a national of a TPS country or, if you have no nationality, have last habitually resided in TPS country.
  • File Form I-821 during the designated filing period or be granted permission to file late and file during any extension of your country's TPS designation.
  • Having been continuously physically present* or been continuously residing** in the United States since the starting date of your country's designation.

*Continuously physically present means you have physically been living within the borders of the United States without leaving for any period of time or for any reason.

**Continuous residence allows for an exception to the continuous physical presence requirement for "brief, casual and innocent departures from the United States."

The following box contains information form USCIS on the countries currently designated for TPS.


Designated Country Most Recent Designation Date Current Expiration Date Current Re-Registration Period Current Initial Registration Period Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Automatically Extended Through
El Salvador March 9, 2001 March 9, 2015 May 30, 2013 through July 29, 2013 N/A March 9, 2014
Guinea November 21, 2014 March 21, 2016 N/A November 21, 2014 - May 20, 2015 N/A
Haiti July 23, 2011 January 22, 2016 March 3, 2014 through July 22, 2014 N/A January 22, 2015
Honduras January 5, 1999 January 5, 2015 April 3, 2013 through June 3, 2013 N/A January 5, 2014
Liberia November 21, 2014 May 21, 2016 N/A November 21, 2014 - May 20, 2015 N/A
Nicaragua January 5, 1999 January 5, 2015 April 3, 2013 through June 3, 2013 N/A January 5, 2014
Sierra Leone November 21, 2014 May 21, 2016 N/A November 21, 2014 - May 20, 2015 N/A
Somalia September 18, 2012 September 17, 2015 November 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013 N/A NO Automatic Extension*

*Sufficient time was deemed available to issue new EADs.
Sudan May 3, 2013 May 2, 2016 September 2, 2014 - November 1, 2014 N/A May 2, 2015
South Sudan September 2, 2014 May 2, 2016 September 2, 2014 - November 1, 2014 September 2, 2014 - March 1, 2015 May 2, 2015
Syria October 1, 2013 March 31, 2015 June 17, 2013 through August 16, 2013 June 17, 2013 through December 16, 2013 N/A

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