In response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, the Department of Homeland Security of the United States has decided to grant 18 months of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to citizens of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone. This means that eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who are currently residing in the United States may apply for TPS with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
TPS is also available to people without nationality who had their last habitual residence in one of those three countries. Those approved for TPS will not be removed (deported) from the United States and will be eligible to obtain an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). The registration period for this TPS status runs from November 21, 2014 through May 20, 2015.