Other forms of Humanitarian Relief
Federal immigration law provides legal remedies to those eligible for humanitarian relief, including certain individuals who cannot return to their counties due to armed conflict, environmental disaster or epidemic. This relief includes:
Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
Temporary Protected Status is a form of immigration relief granted to individuals from countries that have suffered natural disaster, conflict or unrest. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has discretion to designate which countries qualify for a TPS designation. TPS provides recipients with employment authorization and temporary protection from deportation. Individuals with TPS are also eligible to apply for advanced parole. ILAP staff assist qualifying individuals with TPS applications (initial and renewal) as well as applications for advance parole. As of June 2019, countries designated for TPS include:
The federal government has made efforts to terminate most TPS designations and litigation is ongoing. Individuals with questions and those seeking to apply for or renew TPS should contact ILAP by phone at 207-780-1593.