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To be eligible for TPS, applicants must demonstrate that they satisfy all eligibility criteria, including that they have been “continuously residing” in the United States since November 20, 2014 and were “continuously physically present in” the United States since November 21, 2014. Applicants also undergo thorough security checks, and individuals with certain criminal records or who pose a threat to national security are not eligible for TPS. The eligibility requirements are fully described in the Federal Register notices and on the TPS Web page at www.uscis.gov/tps.
Liberians currently covered under the two-year extension of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) based on President Obama’s September 26, 2014 memorandum may now apply for TPS. If they do not apply for TPS within the initial 180-day registration period, they risk being ineligible for TPS. Liberians covered by DED who already possess or have applied for an EAD do not need to also apply for one related to this TPS designation. However, such individuals who are granted TPS may request a TPS-related EAD at a later date, as long as the TPS designation for Liberia remains in effect.
Finally, it should be noted that applicants may request that USCIS waive any or all filing fees based on a demonstrated inability to pay. This can be done by filing Form I-912 (Request for Fee Waiver), or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. USCIS will reject any TPS application that does not include the required filing fee or a properly documented fee-waiver request.