I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
Purpose of Form
If you are an eligible national of designated countries then you may apply for a temporary immigration status by filing Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. You must also file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of your age, even if you are not seeking an Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
Number of Pages
Form 11; Instructions 9.
02/20/14; (USCIS will accept editions dated 11/23/10 and 10/17/07 until July 31, 2014. After July 31, 2014, USCIS will only accept the 02/20/14 edition).
Where to File
Please refer to the Federal Register notice or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Web page for more information on where to file your forms and to see if online filing is available in your designated country.
If you are applying for re-registration, you may be able to file Form I-821 online. If you file online, you will also be required to file Form I-765 online.
If you are filing a paper application, use the filing address listed in the Federal Register notice for your country or on our TPS Web page.
First-time TPS applicants must submit a $50 fee for Form I-821. There is no Form I-821 fee for re-registration. Persons 14 years of age or older must also file an $85 fee for biometric services. For additional details, please refer to the Federal Register notice for your country or to the TPS Web page.
Do not use Form I-821 to request consideration of deferred action for childhood arrivals. To file for that process you must use Form I-821D, Consideration of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
If you are filing your applications at a USCIS Lockbox facility:
To ensure your applications are accepted:
- Form I-821:
- Form I-765:
This page can be found at http://www.uscis.gov/i-821
Last Reviewed/Updated: 12/01/2012