NYLAG Helps Filipino Nationals Access Immigration Relief and Warns Against Fraud

In December 2013, NYLAG hosted a press conference in partnership with organizations and elected officials about Philippine TPS.

In December 2013, NYLAG hosted a press conference in partnership with other non-profit organizations and elected officials about Philippine TPS.

Despite broad-based advocacy and support across the US, the US Department of Homeland has not yet designated the Philippines for Temporary Protected Status (TPS). TPS, which has been granted in the past to other countries affected by a natural disaster, such as Haiti, allows immigrants living in the US to temporarily remain when conditions in their home country make it difficult or unsafe to return. It is estimated it will take billions of dollars and three to five years for the Philippines to rebuild following the devastating typhoon that struck last November, leaving 7,500 people dead and destroying 1.1 million houses.

NYLAG, along with many other organizations, continues to fight for TPS designation for the Philippines. However, in the interim – thanks to generous steps taken by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the agency within the Department of Homeland security responsible for administering TPS programs, there are other immigration relief measures available to Filipino nationals right now. NYLAG stands ready to provide free legal assistance to ensure that eligible Filipino immigrants in New York City can benefit from those options, as follows:

  • Change or extension of status
  • Extension of certain grants of parole, and expedited processing of advanced parole requests
  • Expedited processing for US citizens and Legal Permanent Residents petitioning for relatives in the Philippines awaiting US visa approval

At the same time, and most urgently, NYLAG is warning all Filipino nationals to be aware that some immigration services providers are taking advantage of the uncertainty around TPS designation to defraud uninformed Filipino immigrants. The message is simple: Do not pay anyone to start processing TPS applications. TPS has not been granted yet; there is nothing to file.

For assistance with Filipino immigration relief options, current information about the status of TPS, or advice if you are concerned about immigration fraud, please call NYLAG’s hotline at 212-946-0341.

To visit the Immigration Relief for Filipinos Nationals page, click here.