Immigration Lawyers Protecting TPS Holders for 2019

As the Trump Administration is preparing to issue Notices to Appear (NTAs) in Immigration Court for Temporary Protective Status (TPS) holders who fail to leave after their TPS expires next year, our experienced Immigration Attorneys are seeking ways to protect their status into the future and perhaps discover ways to adjust their status to permanent residence so they can become Lawful Permanent Residents with a path to U.S. citizenship.

Meanwhile the Trump Administration will issue regulations shortly to make it more difficult for TPS holders to file for Asylum, which may be the only relief from Deportation these former TPS holders will have at the end of next year.

John Carrico
Family Visa and Immigration Services

This is an excerpt from a recent publication by the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), a great organization of which our Immigration attorneys are members: “Over the past ten months, the immigration outlook for the vast majority of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders has radically shifted. During that time, DHS announced that it will terminate the TPS designations of six countries—El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan—whose nationals together make up 98% of the TPS population.2 While the first of these terminations—Sudan’s—is set to occur on November 2, 2018, litigation ensues on this issue. On October 3, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate TPS for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.3 Not only will many clients need your help renewing their TPS and Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for the time remaining; some may be eligible for immigration relief other than TPS. Given the impending terminations, it has never been more important to screen TPS clients for all possible forms of relief, both affirmative and defensive. This practice pointer serves as a checklist to help AILA members flag some potential avenues of relief that may be available to clients who currently hold TPS or, in certain cases, held and lost it.

In general, be sure to discuss with your client all prior entries to the U.S., including dates of entries, departures, and manner of entries. Ask about prior encounters with immigration officials, as well as any prior encounters with law enforcement. A client’s immigration history, as well as his or her criminal history, may substantially impact his or her immigration options. Confirm that all the information on the TPS application from years past is accurate.”

For a free consultation, contact our immigration lawyers in Las Vegas at (702) 836-9003 or in Reno, Carson City and Northern Nevada at (775) 826-2099. You may also contact our lead immigration attorney via email by clicking here. 

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