What You Need to Know About Temporary Protected Status Terminations

The Department of Homeland Security has announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status for numerous countries. Hundreds of thousands of people receive their work authorization through TPS, so these terminations will have a serious impact on workers, including many union members. This page includes essential information to help unions and their members prepare. Here’s what you need to know:

Terminations are not immediate.

Although the Trump administration has announced terminations for many TPS countries, the status will not end for many months. Workers with TPS can and should apply to renew their status, and employers should not take any adverse action against these workers.

Deadlines are approaching quickly.

There are important deadlines approaching that members need to be aware of so that they can successfully reapply for TPS status and work permits. Although they may have filed TPS renewals many times in the past, this likely will be the final opportunity to apply, so they should prepare thoroughly and submit their applications as soon as possible. A schedule of upcoming deadlines is included in the timeline and will be updated as TPS announcements are made for other countries.

Unions have a key role to play.

Working people with TPS need to know that the union has their back during this extremely difficult time. Unions should be informed about the issue, provide information and support to their members, and engage in the fight for legislative solutions.

Workers need to take steps now.

Before the deadlines, TPS holders will need to file the relevant application forms with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and pay the $495 fee to renew their work authorization. This page includes helpful materials to share with workers explaining how and when to renew TPS status.

TPS holders should face no immediate impact at work.

Employment authorization documents (EADs), or work permits, for TPS holders are automatically extended beyond the printed expiration date to allow time for processing renewal applications. Those extension dates also are included on the timeline.

Employers should not and need not reverify work authorization documents of individuals in TPS status simply based on these announcements regarding the future termination of TPS. Employers are, however, required TPS Alert What Unions Need to Know About Temporary Protected Status Terminations TPS ALERT 2 to reverify work authorization documents upon their expiration. At such time, workers should simply present copies of the Federal Register notices to show the automatic extension of their work permits. Federal guidance on TPS re-registration and EAD renewal, including Federal Register notices, can be found at uscis.gov/tps.

Should an employer refuse to allow a TPS holder to work despite having timely re-registered, the worker should contact the union. Individuals in TPS status also should investigate whether they may be eligible for any other type of immigration relief, and the union can refer them to appropriate counsel.

The Trump administration has announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status for the countries listed in this chart, which highlights important dates for working people to prepare for, even as we continue to fight for permanent protections for deserving TPS workers.

  El Salvador Haiti Nicaragua Sudan
Re-Registration Deadline: March 19, 2018 March 19, 2018 Feb. 13, 2018 Dec. 11, 2017
Automatic Work Permit Extension: Sept. 5, 2018 July 21, 2018 July 4, 2018 May 1, 2018
Final Termination of TPS: Sept. 9, 2019 July 22, 2019 Jan, 5, 2019 Nov. 2, 2018

How to Re-Register for TPS

View this page in Spanish or Creole.

Step 1: Prepare your application package

  • You must include:
    • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
    • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (EAD)
    • A copy, front and back, of your last available TPS document
    • Filing fee of $495 ($410 for EAD application and $85 for biometrics) or Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver
  • All forms are free for download at uscis.gov/tps.
  • Don’t forget to sign your application.

Step 2: Mail your application package

  • The relevant address for your country and state is listed at uscis.gov/tps.
  • Your application must be received by the deadline, not just postmarked by that date. If possible, send by registered mail.

Step 3: Wait for confirmation

  • USCIS will send a receipt notice once it confirms your application is complete. At the top of this notice you will find a receipt number that can be used to check the status of your case online.
  • If you do not receive your receipt notice within three weeks of filing, call customer service at 1-800-375-5283 to request assistance.
  • If your application is rejected at the initial review stage, you may refile within the registration period after correcting the problems described in the notification.

Step 4: Biometrics review

  • If USCIS needs to collect your photograph, signature and/or fingerprints, it will send you an appointment notice to have your biometrics captured at an Application Support Center (ASC).
  • When you report to an ASC, you must bring:
    • Evidence of nationality and identity with a photograph of you, such as a passport
    • Your receipt and ASC appointment notice
    • Your current EAD, if you already have one. 

Step 5: Final determination

  • In the review process, USCIS may ask for additional documents to establish your eligibility for TPS. If you receive a Request for Evidence or a Notice of Intent to Deny, it is extremely important that you respond immediately to avoid processing delays and possible denial for failure to timely respond.
  • Upon successful completion of your case, USCIS will send you an approval notice and a new EAD.

Step 6: Update your records at work

  • Present your new work permit to human resources to keep your file up to date.

Contact your union representative for support or a referral for legal assistance.

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About Temporary Protected Status

More than 300,000 immigrants have permission to live and work in our country today through a form of humanitarian relief called Temporary Protected Status (TPS). Since 1990, TPS has been granted to people from countries embroiled in violent conflict or suffering from a natural disaster so that they will not be returned to harm’s way.

The majority of TPS beneficiaries have been contributing to our communities and our economy for more than 15 years, but their status is now at risk. Anti-immigrant groups are urging the White House to end TPS status for all affected countries, which would effectively strip work authorization from hundreds of thousands of people, including tens of thousands of union members.


As the name implies, Temporary Protected Status is not a grant of permanent legal status. Rather, TPS beneficiaries receive provisional protection against deportation and permission to work in the United States for a limited period of time. They must renew their TPS status at least every 18 months and undergo security screening with each renewal. The United States can end a country’s TPS designation once it has recovered from the triggering event, but the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also has broad discretion to extend, which administrations of both parties historically have used generously.

Recent decisions by the Trump administration signal an intention to terminate TPS status for working people from around the world. DHS has announced it will end TPS status for people from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan, despite unstable and dangerous conditions in those countries. In addition to the devastating 2010 earthquake, Haiti has been hit by multiple Category 4 hurricanes and a cholera epidemic. Conditions in Sudan are so volatile that the State Department warns Americans against traveling there due to ongoing risks of terrorism, armed conflict and violent crime.

Labor’s stake

As TPS terminations threaten the work authorization of large numbers of union members and working people, the labor movement must take a strong stand in support of this humanitarian program. We must send a clear message to the administration and all elected officials that failure to #saveTPS will actively harm our economy, our communities and our unions. We want more working people to have rights on the job, not fewer. That is why the AFL-CIO has endorsed legislation (S 2144 and HR 4253) that would give TPS holders from all affected countries a well-earned path to citizenship.

People from the following countries who came to the United States by the specified arrival date are currently eligible for Temporary Protected Status until the expiration date shown. The administration is required to announce decisions on TPS renewals at least 60 days before the expiration date for each country.

People from the countries in this chart who came to the United States by the specified arrival date are currently eligible for Temporary Protected Status until the expiration date shown. The administration is required to announce decisions on TPS renewals at least 60 days before the expiration date for each country.

Country Arrival Date Current Expiration Date Estimated Number
El Salvador Feb. 13, 2001 Sept. 9, 2019* 195,000
Haiti Jan. 12, 2011 July 22, 2019* 50,000
Honduras Dec. 30, 1998 July 5, 2018 57,000
Nepal June 24, 2015 June 24, 2018 8,950
Nicaragua Dec. 30, 1998 Jan. 5, 2019* 2,550
Somalia May, 2012 Sept. 17, 2018 270
South Sudan Jan. 25, 2016 May 2, 2019 75-200
Sudan Jan. 9, 2013 Nov. 2, 2018* 450
Syria August 1, 2016 Sept. 30, 2019 5,800
Yemen Jan. 4, 2017 Sept. 3, 2018 1,000
TOTAL     321,220

*TPS designation will terminate on this date.