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Thank You for your Comments
Original Posting Date:  January 20, 2014 This page has received thousands of views since first started in December, and I have been pleasantly surprised at the calls and emails I received about the content of this page. I learned from these comments that re...

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More Activities in Support of TPS - Philippines
Original Posting Date: January 19, 2014 On Friday, a national call-in day was organized to make calls to the U.S. Department of State to urge them to recommend Temporary Protected Status be declared for the Philippines.  No numbers have been released showin...

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USCIS Continues to offer "Special Benefits" for Filipinos
Original Posting Date: January 16, 2014 Even without TPS, the US Government still provides token benefits to citizens of countries struck by natural disasters.  These special benefits have been available to Filipinos since November 15th, but unlike TPS, the...

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Hopes Dimming for Philippine TPS
Original Posting Date: January 16, 2014 Seventy days since Typhoon Haiyen devastated the Visayas and still no Temporary Protected Status for the Philippines.  Historically, USCIS has never announced that they will not declare TPS.  TPS is still possible, bu...

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Filipino Fear of Filing for DACA
Original Posting Date: January 3, 2014 If the Philippines is given Temporary Protected Status, will we see the same reluctance to apply for TPS that we are experiencing with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)? DACA is an immigration program that ...

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IF TPS Is Announced, Austin & Ferguson LLC is Ready
Original Post Date: December 17, 2013 The immigration law firm of Austin & Ferguson, LLC is dedicated to performing quality work at a reasonable price.  Both of our main attorneys, Angela Ferguson and James W. Austin , have represented TPS applicants since ...

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What to Prepare if TPS is Granted to the Philippines
Original Post Date: December 16, 2013   The specific documents needed will depend on your personal situation and will be explained if USCIS announces TPS for the Philippines in the Federal Register. But taking into account our more than twenty years of exte...

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Philippine TPS Will Raise Special Immigration Issues
Original Post Date: December 15, 2013 I have written on TPS issues in the past, and have instructed attorneys and students on this topic for many years.  The question I am receiving from other Immigration Law attorneys now is "How will TPS interact with H-1...

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Formal Request from the Philippine Government
Original Post Date: December 13, 2013 New outlets are reporting the Philippine Embassy in the Washington, DC has issued a formal request to the United States Government for a designation of TPS.  The decision now rests with the U.S. government.

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Benefits of TPS
Original Post Date: December 12, 2013   TPS is a powerful benefit.  To those that apply and are eligible, they are protected from being deported from the United States, can obtain unlimited employment authorization and can receive permission to leave and re...
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