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North Carolina immigrants might qualify for TPS

Applicants who are eligible for temporary protected status (TPS) were recently encouraged to apply before August 18, 2015. Immigrants who have resided continuously within the United States since November 20, 2014 are eligible for TPS as long as they have been physically present in the United States since November 21, 2014. Recent information was given that discussed other eligibility factors, as well as circumstances that would render someone ineligible for application. The information is pertinent to North Carolina residents, as well as others throughout the nation.

One of the items on the list of things that makes a person ineligible to apply for TPS is a criminal record or a determination that a person is a threat to national security. Once it is proved that a person is eligible to apply for a temporary protected status, he or she must file certain documents to begin the process. There are certain fees that apply along the way, some applicable only to those 14 years of age and beyond.

It has been reported that when a person's finances are significantly limited and he or she is unable to pay the associated fees, a waiver might be filed to request relief from the mandated fees. TPS is often granted to foreign nationals who are unable to return to their countries of origin due to impending dangers such as physical violence or environmental disaster. Any persons remaining in the United States under a temporary protection of status may also apply for authorization to seek gainful employment by filing an employment authorization document, otherwise known as an EAD.

It should be noted that obtaining TPS does not automatically result in the right to a green card later. Once temporary statuses are lifted, immigrants return to the statuses they had before the TPS was issued. North Carolina attorneys with experience in immigration law are available to advise and assist those facing complicated issues regarding TPS applications or other status or residency situations.

Source: uscis.gov, "Temporary Protected Status Registration Period Extended for Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone", Accessed on July 8, 2015

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