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.