Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Cameroon
|TPS Extended Through:||Dec. 7, 2023|
|Registration Period:||June 7, 2022 – Dec. 7, 2023|
|Continuous Residence in U.S. Since:||April 14, 2022|
|Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:||June 7, 2022|
|TPS Designation Date:||June 7, 2022|
|Federal Register Notice Citation:||87 FR 34706|
When to File for TPS
If you are applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Cameroon’s designation, effective June 7, 2022, you must register during the 18-month registration period that runs from June 7, 2022, through Dec. 7, 2023. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 18-month registration period
Where to File
If you are applying for TPS Cameroon, you may file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, online. When filing an initial TPS application, you can also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online with your Form I-821.
If you are filing a paper application, send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below:
|If you are using...||Mail to...|
the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
Attn: TPS Cameroon
P.O. Box 4091
Carol Stream, IL 60197-4091
FedEx, UPS, or DHL deliveries:
Attn: TPS Cameroon (Box 4091)
2500 Westfield Drive
Elgin, IL 60124-7836
If we approve your TPS registration application and you filed Form I-765 and paid the fee for an EAD (or if we approved your fee waiver request), we will issue you an EAD with an expiration date of Dec. 7, 2023.
If your application for TPS demonstrates prima facie eligibility, we may issue your EAD before we approve your application for TPS. (“Prima facie eligibility” means that if the factual information you provided in your TPS application is correct, you will be eligible for TPS. See 8 C.F.R. 244.1.) In this case, if we do not approve your application for TPS, your EAD will not remain valid.
For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file and step-by-step instructions on submitting an initial TPS application package, go to the TPS webpage.
Other Immigration Options
You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.
To apply for lawful permanent resident status (a Green Card), you must be eligible under 1 of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.
Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the 1-year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS status “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within 1 year of arriving in the United States, if the 1-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).
Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to obtain such forms; however, all USCIS forms are free for download from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives is available on the USCIS website on the Find Legal Services webpage.
We do not want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.
- I-912,Request for Fee Waiver
- I-131, Application for Travel Document
- I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility
- I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
- I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
Other USCIS Links