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Today we have news of interest to immigrants who are TPS holders and plan to apply for permanent residency in the future, or are close to applying for permanent residency. In this regard, the Supreme Court voted 9-0 that TPS holders can only obtain permanent residency through family if they had a lawful entry into the United States.  

Previously, the lower courts were divided on whether they could apply only with the grant of TPS. Now comes the news that TPS holders can still apply for permanent residency if they traveled outside the U.S. with an Advance Parole document, or if they entered on a VISA.

At the same time, President Biden has added new countries to the TPS program.  Let’s recall that in 2001, the U.S. granted Salvadoran immigrants legal protection to remain in the country after a series of earthquakes took place in their homeland.

People from 11 other countries have similar protection. These nations are Haiti, Honduras, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen.

Recently, President Biden announced that Haitian TPS holders can renew their work cards.  Similarly, he opened the program to new Haitian applicants who recently arrived in the United States. The program also includes Venezuela and Burma.  

We are waiting for President Biden to announce which other countries can renew their TPS work permits and to open the program to more newly arrived immigrants. 

In the meantime, we at the Law Office of Jessica Piedra are available to help you with your immigration legal process. Call (816) 895-6363 and schedule a call with the attorney so that she can evaluate your chances of improving your legal status in the United States.

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