The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for TPS 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. After such designation, USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States. In addition, eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.
During a designated period, individuals who are TPS beneficiaries, or who are found preliminarily eligible for TPS upon initial review of their cases (prima facie eligible): (1) are not removable from the United States; (2) can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD); and, (3) may be granted travel authorization.
The American Immigration Lawyers Association prepared a video which does a wonderful job of quickly summarizing the various issues involved. Click "Read More" to view the video (included with permission from AILA).