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Update: No TPS for Bahamian Nationals

The Trump Administration has announced that it will not request Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Bahamian victims of Hurricane Dorian. TPS allows foreign nationals to live and work in the U.S. as conditions in their home countries do not allow them to return safely, or in situations where their home countries simply cannot manage their return. Among the possible reasons set forth by USCIS to support TPS designation is “[a]n environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic.” The Administration, which has been seeking to restrict or terminate TPS for citizens of other countries, opted not to request TPS in the Dorian aftermath. Bahamians who have the proper documentation will still be able to come to the U.S. temporarily, but without work authorization.

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Forrest G. Read IV, Immigration, Employment, Attorney, Jackson Lewis, Law Firm
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Forrest Read is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has extensive experience in both business immigration law and employment law and has special expertise in legal issues in graduate medical education (GME).

Mr. Read's immigration practice focuses on assisting employers in obtaining employment-based nonimmigrant visas (e.g., H-1B, L, O, TN) for foreign national employees and work-related immigrant (green card) visas, including PERM Labor Certifications, and advising employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws and...

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