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USCIS Announces TPS Beneficiaries Retain Same Immigration Status after Traveling Abroad

By September 1, 2020March 24th, 2021Deportation & Humanitarian Immigration, Immigration
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USCIS has announced in a policy memorandum on August 31 that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries who travel abroad using a Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-issued travel document under Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) section 244(f)(3) generally will retain the same immigration status on their return that they had at the time of departure. Exceptions apply to aliens inadmissible under certain criminal or national security grounds or with immigrant or nonimmigrant visas they present for admission to the United States.

TPS is granted to certain groups of people in the wake of natural disasters, wars, outbreaks of disease, and other catastrophes that would make it difficult for them to return safely to their home countries. Government officials periodically review the program to decide whether to extend it, and most groups have received regular extensions in the past. To learn more about TPS, please click here.

This travel does not satisfy the “inspected and admitted or paroled” eligibility requirement for obtaining adjustment of status to lawful permanent residence. Temporary Protected Status is by its very nature temporary. It does not lead to green cards or permanent residency.

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