Undocumented Filipinos may legally stay if US approves TPS

Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario sent a letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson requesting the approval of Temporary Protected Status for Philippines.

“Many of my countrymen in the US were affected by Typhoon Haiyan. This humanitarian assistance would provide temporary relief for them from the natural disaster,” del Rosario writes in the letter.

Del Rosario added that it has been almost a year since typhoon Yolanda hit the country but there’s still much to be done. More investment and reconstruction work are needed.

If granted with the Temporary Protected Status, Filipinos in United States who are undocumented will be authorized to work in US. There are over 200,000 undocumented Filipinos who are currently in US.

A country is designated on Temporary Protected Status if the country is currently in armed conflict or have been hit by an environmental disaster or safe return to the country is impeded. Philippines is requesting on grounds of environmental disaster.

Citizens of a country under TPS who are in US are not removable from the United States, can obtain an employment authorization document (EAD) and may be granted travel authorization.

Undocumented Filipinos in US may then apply for other immigration status.