Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Law and Legal Definition

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) provides a legal basis for providing people temporary refuge in the U.S. A person, who came from other countries due to war or environmental disaster, may be eligible for TPS when the conditions in his/her country pose a danger to personal safety due to ongoing armed conflict or an environmental disaster. TPS permits persons to live and work in the U.S. for a certain period of time. TPS is initially granted for 6-18 months and may be extended gradually depending on the situation. A person under TPS is not subject to removal proceedings.