Are you a DACA or TPS recipient married to a U.S. Citizen? If so, please review a possible path for you to get legal permanent residency at:
Temporary protected status (TPS) allows citizens of certain specified countries to stay in the United States if their own country is unsafe for them to enter. Although temporary protected status doesn’t automatically lead to permanent residency, a person in the U.S. under temporary protected status may work with an experienced Los Angeles immigration law attorney to seek an immigrant or non-immigrant visa.
Only certain countries are currently designated temporary protected status countries by the Secretary of Homeland Security. In addition to being a citizen of one of these countries or a person who has “habitually resided” in one of these countries, a person must also meet the following requirements:
When a country is temporarily unsafe for its nationals to enter, the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security may list that country as one with “temporary protected status” (TPS). Temporary protected status extends to protect citizens of the designated country who are already in the United States, giving them a place to stay until their home country becomes safe to enter once again.
In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation of the Philippines, several lawmakers are pushing to grant Filipino citizens present in the U.S. temporary protected status. Environmental or natural disasters that make a country unsafe to enter for a period of time may qualify a country for TPS under U.S. law, allowing the Secretary of Homeland Security to extend temporary protected status to those affected by the recent typhoon.
Seven Tips for the Undocumented and Visa Over-stayers
Tip #1: Prepare Now (it will be too late if you wait until ICE knocks on your door)
- Get your documents in order - birth certificates, marriage licenses, the education records of you and your kids, past taxes, and any and all immigration correspondence to or from the government. Have the originals safeguarded. Make a copy for a loved one to store at a different location in case your house burns down. Give copies of your attorney who can scan them and save them online for you.