Posted By Patrick on November 25, 2010
The success of our Guatemalan TPS blog has inspired us to provide a similar site for those seeking information about Pakistan’s recent TPS request.
Pakistan was devastated this summer by unprecedented flooding that forced millions of people from their homes and destroyed countless acres of farmland. The Pakistani government has struggled to cope with the magnitude of the disaster, and has recently requested US assistance in the form of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS” for short).
TPS is a special immigration status that grants citizens of a designated country the right to stay and work in the US temporarily, regardless of how they got here. In order to qualify, an applicant must have been present in the US on the date of the disaster, and could not have left the US at any time since then.
TPS is a powerful humanitarian tool that allows the US government to provide immediate assistance to a country in need at a very low cost. As a temporary form of relief, TPS comes with fewer political strings attached, and it can be granted by the executive branch with no Congressional authorization.
All of this means that a request for TPS draws a great deal of attention from potential beneficiaries, as evidenced by the way that our coverage of the Guatemalan TPS request resulted in not one, but two server meltdowns this summer! We’re now on a robust hosting package, and are excited to be able to sponsor a new site dedicated to those seeking information about the Pakistani TPS request. To find out more, please visit www.PakistanTPS.info!