Designation of Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status

May 20, 2022

On May 19, 2022, the Department of Homeland Security designated Afghanistan for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months from May 20, 2022 through November 20, 2023.

Individuals eligible for TPS under this designation must have continuously resided in the United States since March 15, 2022. Individuals who attempt to travel to the United States after March 15, 2022 will not be eligible for TPS.

A country may be designated for TPS when the Secretary of Homeland Security determines that conditions in the country temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely. The Secretary may designate a country for TPS due to temporary conditions such as: ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, an epidemic, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. Once a country has been designated for TPS, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries or eligible for TPS are not removable from the United States and can obtain employment authorization and/or travel authorization. Individuals granted TPS also may not be detained on the basis of their immigration status.

Please contact the attorney at LHSCD working on your case if you have any questions about this designation and its application to your case. Or, to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys, please proceed to our Consultation Request Form. 

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