I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status

If you are an eligible national of a designated country or a person without nationality who last habitually resided in the designated country, use this form to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). When filing an initial TPS application or re-registering for TPS, you can also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Request for Employment Authorization, when you file Form I-821.

You may also file your Form I-765 request separately at a later date.

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Edition Date

07/03/19. You can find the edition date at the bottom of the page on the form and instructions.

Dates are listed in mm/dd/yy format.

Where to File

All applicants eligible to file for TPS under one of the current designations may file Form I-821 online. For more information, please see the TPS webpage.

File your paper Form I-821 using the address listed on the TPS webpage.

Filing Tips for Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status

Complete all sections of the form. We will reject the form if these fields are missing:

  • Part 1 – Type of Application
  • Part 2 – Information About You
    • Family Name
    • U.S. Mailing Address (Mailing Address must be a U.S. address)
    • Alien Registration Number (re-registration only)
    • Date of Birth

Don’t forget to sign your form! We will reject any unsigned form.

Filing Fee

See the chart below for fee information. You can also use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee. For additional details, please refer to the Federal Register notice for your country or go to the TPS webpage.

You may pay the fee with a money order, personal check, or cashier’s check. When filing at a USCIS Lockbox facility, you may also pay by credit card using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions. If you pay by check, you must make your check payable to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Service centers are not able to process credit card payments.

When you send a payment, you agree to pay for a government service. Filing and biometric service fees are final and non-refundable, regardless of any action we take on your application, petition, or request, or if you withdraw your request. Use our Fee Calculator to help determine your fee.

The Applicant IsApplicant's AgeI-821 FeeBiometric ServicesI-765 FeeTotal
Submitting their first TPS application and requesting an EADYounger than 14$50$0$0$50
14-65 years old$50$85$410$545
66 and older$50$85$0$135
Submitting their first TPS application and are not requesting an EADYounger than 14$50$0N/A$50
14 and older$50$85N/A$135
Re-registering for TPS and requesting an EADYounger than 14$0$0$410$410
14 and older$0$85$410$495
Re-registering for TPS and not requesting an EADYounger than 14$0$0N/A$0
14 and older$0$85N/A$85

N/A: Not applicable

Checklist of Required Initial Evidence (for informational purposes only)

Please do not submit this checklist with your Form I-821. It is an optional tool to use as you prepare your form, but does not replace statutory, regulatory, and form instruction requirements. We recommend that you review these requirements before completing and submitting your form. Do not send original documents unless specifically requested in the form instructions or applicable regulations.

If you submit any documents (copies or original documents, if requested) in a foreign language, you must include a full English translation along with a certification from the translator verifying that the translation is complete and accurate, and that they are competent to translate from the foreign language to English.

Did you provide the following?

  • Evidence to prove your identity and nationality
  • Evidence to prove your date of entry into the United States
  • Evidence to prove your residence in the United States
  • Court disposition records (if you were ever arrested, charged, or convicted for a criminal offense)
Special Instructions

E-Notification:  If you want to receive an email and/or text message when we accept your form at a USCIS lockbox facility, complete Form G-1145, E-Notification of Application/Petition Acceptance, and clip it to the first page of your application.

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