Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a separate immigration status that allows an individual to receive U.S. work authorization, to have temporary protection from removal from the U.S., and to receive travel authorization due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.
As of March 2023, TPS is currently available for the following countries ONLY:
USCIS approves or denies the TPS application (not ISSS). Since this is not an F-1 or J-1 benefit, if you are interested in applying, please seek assistance from an experienced immigration attorney. ISSS advisors do not have the expertise and credentials to assist.
If you are currently in F-1 or J-1 status with a Form I-20/DS-2019 issued by Texas A&M University, you should continue to follow all rules of your F-1 or J-1 status even if you are applying for or have received approval for TPS.