December 4, 2014

On November 20, 2014, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced his decision to designate Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months due to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa. This allows eligible nationals from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone currently residing in the United States to register for TPS effective November 21, 2014. The protection will be in effect for 18 months, through May 21, 2016. This means that any eligible nationals from these countries who qualify for TPS may obtain an employment authorization document (EAD) to work legally in the United States. The 180-day TPS registration period began November 21, 2014 and runs through May 20, 2015. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will generally take up to 90 days to process and issue employment authorization. While individuals from these countries will not be removed during the processing period, they may not work legally until the actual work permit is issued.

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