On May 21, 2017, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation will expire for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. These three countries were designated for TPS due to the widespread transmission of the Ebola virus. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security recently determined, however, that conditions in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone no longer support their designations for TPS.
Aliens in TPS status from these countries will have TPS status and employment authorization end on May 20, 2017. These TPS aliens should make arrangements to depart the United States before May 21, 2017, or will need to secure another nonimmigrant classification to allow them to continue living and working in the United States. Individuals without lawful status on May 21, 2017 will not be protected from removal or be eligible for employment authorization based on TPS.
Contact our office to schedule a consultation to evaluate options to remain in the United States beyond May 20, 2017.