If you are a national of Cameroon (or if you have no nationality and last habitually resided in Cameroon) and are in the U.S. now and you do not have permanent immigration status here, you may be able to apply for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which would allow you to live and work legally in the U.S. for as long as Cameroon is designated a TPS country.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a status that allows you to live and work legally in the U.S. It is valid for 18 months at a time, allows you to apply for a work permit and a Social Security Number, and may be renewed for as long as Cameroon is designated a TPS country.
The TPS registration period for nationals of Cameroon (and for individuals who have no nationality and who last habitually resided in Cameroon) is open from June 7, 2022 and ends on December 7, 2023.
The current period of TPS for Cameroon starts on June 7, 2022 and ends on December 7, 2023. The U.S. government could choose to extend TPS for Cameroon. If it does get extended and you were approved during this current registration period, you would need to renew your registration during the next registration period.
In order to apply for TPS, you will need to prove three things: (1) that you are a national of Cameroon, (2) that you were residing in the U.S. on April 14, 2022, and (3) that you have been residing in the U.S. continuously since then.
Proof of Cameroonian Nationality
Date of Entry
Residence in U.S. from on or before April 14, 2022 to the present:
No. Even if you are from Cameroon, you would be ineligible for TPS if:
To apply for TPS, you will need to file at least Form I-821. If you would like an employment authorization document (work permit), you will need to also file Form I-765. If you would like to request a fee waiver, you will need to file Form I-912 (or ask for a fee waiver in writing). You might need to file Form I-601, if certain “inadmissibility grounds” apply in your case.
The forms can all be downloaded for free from the USCIS website, but there are filing fees that must be paid, unless the fees are waived.
This information is also available for download in English and French.
For more information, please call the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Helpline from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday at 844-955-3425.
The information in this document has been prepared by The Legal Aid Society for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. This information is not intended to create, and receipt of it does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. You should not act upon any information without retaining professional legal counsel.
Last Updated: 7 June 2022
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