Asylum, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and DACA/DREAM Act

Asylum, Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and DACA/DREAM Act

What are Asylum, TPS & DACA?

The law allows certain people to remain in the United States when returning to their home countries would be enormously difficult. This pages explores three types of immigration benefits for individuals that would encounter extraordinary hardship in leave the country.


Asylum is a form of legal protection for refugees. Refugees are persons with a well-founded fear of returning to their home countries because of persecution. The persecution feared must be on account of race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Some refer to all asylum generally as “political asylum,” although there are several forms of non-political protection.


The key requirement for asylum that most people aren’t aware of is the 1 year filing deadline. Asylum applications must be filed within a year of your last entry to the United States. There are, however, exceptions to this rule.


If you win asylum, in one year you are eligible for a green card.


Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of temporary relief from deportation for people from designated countries who have been residing in the United States before a specified date.


In our practice, we have helped obtain and maintain TPS for citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal, Liberia, Syria, and Haiti. The rules for getting and keeping TPS are different for each country, and there are several recent changes to be aware of.


On our TPS page, we focus on ways to transition out of TPS to something more permanent.


DACA, or as some people call it, “The DREAM Act,” is a valuable form of protection from deportation for individuals that arrived in the U.S. at a young age.

DACA has been subject to enormous and frequent changes. On our DACA page, we focus on these changes, and what a DACA-holder should do to get a green card.


Why Trust Us

We value honesty and excellence above all else.

From your very first consultation with us, you’ll see that we take the time to exhaustively learn all potentially relevant facts about your case — things that many will never bother to ask about.   We will carefully explain all of your options, and based on thousands of cases we’ve handled, we’ll explain any obstacles with honesty and integrity.  When we offer our services, we will make sure you understand all of the risks and benefits. For us, honesty is paramount; getting hired is not.


When we provide services, we strive for perfection in an area of the law full of costly risks and delays.  Throughout your case, our attorneys, paralegals, and staff keep our clients well-informed of the progress on your case.


And when we encounter obstacles in our path, we don’t give up.  Our policy is to leave no stone unturned in the quest to either fix your status or stop a deportation.