Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure

Temporary protected status (TPS) and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) are two different programs that help people from certain countries who have suffered natural disasters or are facing uncertainty. Read the latest updates for all TPS and DED programs. Find information about your country’s TPS. Learn about your options after TPS expires and how to find resources.


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NOTICE: The increase of fees that was due to take place on October 2, 2020, has been stopped by a US court decision. But please check fees before sending in your application. Use the USCIS fee calculator to get the correct fee.

What is Temporary Protected Status (TPS)?

TPS offers protection to people in the USA who cannot safely go back to their homeland. This may be because of conflict or because of natural disasters. TPS applies to some people from just eleven countries. 

Venezuelan nationals are the most recent group of people who were granted TPS on March 8, 2021.

TPS allows people to stay in the United States and work legally, but it does not give them citizenship or a green card. TPS holders can stay at least six months. Some TPS holders have been allowed to stay for more than ten years.

What is Deferred Enforced Departure (DED)?

DED is like TPS. DED is granted through the President’s power in foreign relations. Under DED, individuals are protected from deportation and can request work authorization.

Liberian nationals are currently protected under DED.

TPS and DED by country

El Salvador

TPS for El Salvador expires on October 4, 2021. At this time there is no extension.

Haiti

A new designation for Haiti has been announced. It applies to Haitians who have been in the U.S. since May 21, 2021.

Honduras

TPS for Honduras expires on October 4, 2021. At this time there is no extension.

Liberia

DED for people from Liberia ends on June 30, 2022. DED holders now have a path to permanent residence in the USA. Must apply before Dec. 20, 2021.

Nepal

TPS for Nepal expires on October 4, 2021. At this time there is no extension.

Nicaragua

TPS for Nicaragua expires on October 4, 2021. At this time there is no extension.

Somalia

TPS for Somalia has been extended until September 17, 2021. At this time there is no extension.

South Sudan

TPS for South Sudan expires on May 2, 2022.

Sudan

TPS for Sudan expires on October5 4, 2021. At this time there is no extension.

Syria

TPS for Syria expires on September 30, 2022.

Venezuela

On March 8, the Biden administration designated Temporary Protected Status for people from Venezuela. The TPS is for 18 months, until September 2022.

Yemen

TPS for Yemen expires on September 3, 2021. At this time there is no extension.

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What should I do when my DED or TPS is expiring?

1) Read the page above that is about your country’s TPS or DED.

2) Seek legal help from a professional who specializes in immigration.

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The information on this page comes from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Register, USCIS and other trusted sources. It is intended for guidance and is updated as often as possible. USAHello does not give legal advice, nor are any of our materials intended to be taken as legal advice. If you are looking for a free or low-cost lawyer or legal help, we can help you find free and low-cost legal services.