DHS Announces TPS Designations For Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone
Due to the outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has announced his decision to designate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months. As a result, eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who are currently residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
The TPS designations for the three countries are effective November 21, 2014 and will be in effect for eighteen (18) months. The designations mean that eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone (and peolpe without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those three countries) will not be removed from the United States and are authorized to work and obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The 180-day TPS registration period begins November 21, 2014 and runs through May 20, 2015.