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What Is Better: TPS or Asylum?

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and asylum both provide protection for those who fear returning to their home country. If you’re unsure which one is best suited for your unique situation, our team at Yekrangi & Associates is here to help you. Our Orange County immigration attorneys explain when TPS or asylum might be best for you.

Should I Apply for Asylum or TPS?

When to Apply for TPS

If you are trying to decide between asylum or temporary protected status, it is important to know that you can apply for both. Temporary protected status creates a temporary safe haven in the United States for individuals from certain designated countries. TPS is different from asylum in that TPS, as the name implies, is temporary, whereas the granting of asylum generally results in permanent residency. Generally, TPS is granted in statuses for 6 to 18 months and is renewable so long as the country conditions remain the same.

Below is a list of the countries currently designated for TPS:

  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • El Salvador
  • Haiti
  • Honduras
  • Nepal
  • Nicaragua
  • Somalia
  • Sudan
  • South Sudan
  • Syria
  • Venezuela
  • Yemen

When to Apply for Asylum

In most cases, TPS recipients are also eligible for asylum due to political turmoil in their home countries that causes them to fear persecution based on race, nationality, religion, social group, or political opinion. If you can demonstrate that you qualify for asylum because you fear persecution for one of the reasons listed above, you may be eligible.

Need Help Obtaining Asylum or TPS? Call Us Today!

The immigration system can be complicated and confusing. Understanding which immigration protection is best for you is also often difficult. Thankfully, our Orange County immigration attorneys have the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to guide you through the process and help you achieve your desired results. Whether you want to apply for asylum, TPS, or both, we are here to help.

Contact our Orange County immigration attorneys today at (949) 478-4963 to schedule a consultation!

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