Important update on Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
President Trump is starting the process of removing TPS for individuals from certain countries. Here’s a press release from Homeland Security in regards to some of the changes.
What this means: TPS holders from Nicaragua and Honduras should immediately start working on an alternative way to legally remain in the U.S. Others with TPS should also review their options with the realization that Trump may remove their protected status also.
In Idaho and Montana, and possibly in other states, TPS holders may have some options. Specifically, those who are either married to a U.S. citizen or who have children who are U.S. citizens and who are at least 21 years old, and who meet other basic requirements, can get a green card and eventually citizenship.
For example, if a couple who both have TPS moved to the U.S. 23 years ago, live in Idaho, and have a child who was born in the U.S. and who is 21 years old, their child can likely sponsor them for a green card.
Alternatively, this same couple may have a 27 year old child who, although not born in the U.S., married a U.S. citizen when she was 23 and has now obtained U.S. citizenship. This child can also likely sponsor her parents for a green card.
A TPS holder who is married to a U.S. citizen is also likely eligible for a green card.
Don’t delay this. In the 9th Circuit–which includes Idaho, Montana, and several other states–TPS holders can use this process to get a green card regardless of whether they initially entered the U.S. legally or illegally. That’s not necessarily the case in other parts of the country, and it may not be the case in the future. If you believe you might be eligible, you should act now.