Q: I am a Venezuelan who entered with an I-220A. Can I apply for TPS? I've already filed for an I-589 if it matters.
A: When did you enter the United States? If you can demonstrate continuous residence in the U.S. since July 31, 2023, then you may be eligible. There are other things to consider, including whether you have any disqualifying criminal history or grounds of inadmissibility that can be forgiven with a waiver. Consider scheduling a consultation with a competent and experienced immigration attorney who can ask you a series of questions to determine your eligibility. Many attorneys offer online video consultations.
A: If you entered the U.S. with an I-220A, it indicates you may have been paroled or admitted after being detained. Your method of entry and presence in the U.S. by a designated date are important factors for TPS eligibility. Additionally, having an I-589 (Application for Asylum) on file doesn't necessarily preclude you from applying for TPS. You can potentially have both an asylum claim and TPS simultaneously. However, there are specific requirements and potential implications for each status. To ensure you're taking the most beneficial path, I'd recommend consulting with an immigration attorney to review your specific circumstances and advise on the best course of action.
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