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Guatemala TPS Summary & Recap

    In early june of this year, Guatemala suffered a pair of natural disasters that devastated the country. A volcanic eruption was followed two days later by one of the worst tropical storms in memory and as a result.  

    As the country worked to recover from the impact of these two events, the government of Guatemala turned to other countries for assistance.  In addition to seeking the usual rebuilding and humanitarian aid, the Guatemalan government recognized that the scope of the disaster meant that it would be very difficult for the Guatemalan diaspora to return home.  As a result, a request was submitted to the Obama administration, asking that the United States grant Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) to Guatemalans in the United States.

   TPS is a special immigration status granted to citizens of countries that have been severely impacted by short-term events such as natural disasters or wars. Qualified citizens of countries granted TPS status who have been in the U.S. for a given period of time can get benefits that include relief from deportation and work authorization, regardless of their pre-TPS immigration status.  

   Because TPS is effectively an extraordinary humanitarian relief measure, it is not granted lightly and does not last indefinitely – the statute authorizing TPS limits its initial duration to a period of six to eighteen months, although extensions are possible. However, while TPS may not have a long duration, it is very broad in its scope, as it extends legal work authorization even to those immigrants who found themselves in the US illegally.  

   The Guatemalan TPS application was submitted to the Obama administration on June 4, 2010.  As of the time of this writing, the administration has not issued any formal response, although this is not particularly surprising. The Guatemalan foreign ministry has stated that it expects a response to take 30 to 45 days.  The US Ambassador to Guatemala has promised that the response will be “thoughtful and quick.”  The Guatemalan community in the US has rallied together and prepared a petition that has (at this time) approximately 2000 signatures, and has also worked to notify the President, his administration, and Congress of the need for TPS benefits. 

   USCIS has released some information about immigration benefits available to Guatemalan citizens who are awaiting TPS news, but has not issued any official comment on the TPS request.  The news release on immigration benefits led to some excitement, as some people misinterpreted it to mean that TPS was granted, a misunderstanding that was cleared up through the work of our blog and its readers. 

   The Law Offices of Patrick Kolasinski started tracking this issue on our blog due to a personal connection to Guatemala.  It quickly became apparent that we were the only English-language blog to actively track the issue, and we have continued our efforts to post the latest news on the Guatemalan TPS request. As part of our efforts to make any available information about the TPS request more accessible, we are now hosting this blog, which is dedicated to Guatemalan TPS news and information.

   We invite everyone who is interested in this developing story to follow along here as we seek out any and all available news on this topic.  If you have any news, tips, questions or ideas, please share them in the comments or via email at our dedicated email address: Guatemala@Kolasinski-Law.com

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46 Responses to “Guatemala TPS Summary & Recap”

  1. Patrick Kolasinski – Law Blog » Guatemala Updates moving to GuatemalaTPS.info Says:

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  2. Carla Osorio Says:

    Hi! Do you know any notice about this. Please let us know and thank you.

  3. Pedro Hernandez Says:

    Ayer escuche en el noticiero de Univision FINALMENTE que hablaron de el TPS para Guatemala, Gracias a el Consulado General o a las personas mas bien dicho ke trabajaron en esta noticia. Hojala nos escuchen…

    Mil Gracias.

  4. jose ' Says:

    Debemos como guatemaltecos tratar de q El president d Guatemala benga aqui a hablar frente a frente con Mister Obama

  5. jose Says:

    bueno solo esperemos que el gobierno americano diga un si al TPS y el gobierno de guatemala que trabaje en lo que el gobierno de BARACK OBAMA exije para aprovar el necesitado TPS ……… hasta el momento no han dicho nada mas en las noticias sobre eso pero ojala y se haga realidad ya son muchos anos de vivr en una LIBERTAD PROHIBIDA……….

  6. wendy Says:

    Asi es Jose pidamos a Dios que el Senor Presidente Barack Obama nos de una respuesta positiva de aqui a noviembre ,nosotros lo guatemaltecos tambien merecemos un tps!

  7. eddy c Says:

    Espero en Dios nos den la oportunidad de salir adelante y superaenos

  8. aracely Says:

    Pues como se escuchan las noticias no creo que obama de nada, todos los millonarios no se preocupan por los pobres, el unico que puede arreglar las fronteras es. Jehova , confiemos en la segunda venida de. Dios y no pongamos fe en ningun presidente, porque ellos nunca van a poder arreglar el mundo.

  9. florecita Says:

    Hola! comparto la opinion de que ningún presidente va a venir arreglar nuestros problemas porque ellos ya están tranquilos en casa descansando mientras pasa tanta cosa en las calles, cuando mucha gente pobre muere de hambre tanto desempleo por un papel que no quieren dar, Guatemala en una crisis tan grande y no ha querido ayudar solo es de dar tps a los guatemaltecos que podemos esperar de una reforma migratoria el presidente Obama solo sirve para prometer pero no puede cumplir y siempre sale en las noticias lavandose las manos diciendo que existen leyes, rechazo lo del plan de estudio para tantos jóvenes indocumentados con ganas de seguir estudiando no podemos esperar nada de el solo fue un mentiroso mas, me da pena por mucha gente que confío y voto por el… Obama nos empeoro la situación..

  10. Carolina Says:

    Hola! no soy de guatemala pero si creo que deveria el presidente de guatemala pensar en su gente un poco mas y insistirle hasta el cansancio al presidente Obama para que legalize el estatus migratorio de su gente en EEUU o USA. Solo asi puede parar muchas deportaciones injustas que separan familias pues los que sufren son los niños que cuando ocurren y los padres son indocumentados los Estados Unidos de America les quitan la custodia a los padres y dan los niños en adopcion que cresen sin el calor de sus verdaderos padres.
    PRESIDENTE DE GUATEMALA a usted no le gustaria vivir lejos de sus hijos y no saber como estan ” es casi como vivir un secuestro ” pues no sabes nada de ellos por favor haga consiencia y ayude a su gente que lo necesita.
    Gracias! y espero una respuesta positiva para Guatemala :)

  11. aracely Says:

    Hola, ustedes saben que paso con la tia indocumentada del presidente obama, la habran deportado o le darian la residencia. Siendo el presidente hijo de un inmigrante y teniendo familia enmigrante sabe el sufrimiento de las familias no hace nada. Porque la reforma de salud la paso con menos de 60 votos y la reforma de inmigracion y el dream act no lo quiso hacer

  12. Miriam Says:

    Recently, the Guatemalan president had the golden opportunity to request President Obama to grant tps for Guatemala, since President Obama called directly President Colon to apologize for the worst medical experiments on Guatemalan humans, but Nooooooo his excuse was he could not mix one matter to another, What an incapable leader! I can only say: “in God we trust!”

  13. willy tello Says:

    good job president of guatemala for doing nothing. shame on you.

  14. aracely Says:

    Esta pagina la tienen muy atrasada de noticias, necesitan actualizarla todos los dias,

  15. luis Says:

    Por favor a todos los que sepan algo nuevo o las fechas aproximadas donde se podrían tener notocias, dejenos saber porque realmente necesitamos noticias y que mejor si son positivas. Saludos a todos los compatriotas.

  16. Marco Says:

    Espereo que despues de las elecciones de noviembre tengamos buenas noticias. No perdamos la esperanza de que algo bueno va a ocurrir.

  17. guatemala avanza usa Says:

    Un saludo a atodos los guatemaltecos creo que como organizacion tenemos que apoyar a un tps para todos los consiudadanos, pero todos tenemos que aportar algo no creher en que ba a venir jeova y va salvar al mundo o que cambiara las leyes de estados unidos no senores las iglecias apoyan y no tienen las leyes en su mano solo pedirle al senor superior que se apeade de el senor Obama, y pedirle al senor colom que se acerque a dialogar por un tps para todos los guatemaltecos creo que el sideveria de hacerlo, no esperar de que le digan las cosas ,como estan bien economicamente solo creen que con la volsa solidaria ya se ganaron las elecciones para el proximo periodo creo que estan enganando a muchos paisanos para que voten pero hay que tomarles conciencia y que no nos enganen creen que estamos en siglo 0 compatriotas guatemaltecos llamemos a la casa blanca no nosquedemos de brazos crusados que nos oigan y si pedimos se nos dara gracias y que mi Guatemala siga adelante y ustedes guatemaltecos sigamos luchando por el tps o una reforma migratoria saludos.guatemalaavanzausa

  18. gonzalo Says:

    alguna nueva noticia sobre el TPS para los guatemalteco..hojala q si nos los den guatemala a tenido muchas desgracias ultimamente..al iagual q el salvador…primero Dios

  19. wilian Says:

    Hay rumores de que el gobierno de Guatemala ya sabe de que no van a dar el TPS . por lo que yo les insto a que sigan precionando para que otorguen el TPS a los Guatemaltecos. Ya que El Presidente de Guatemala se reunira con El Presidente de Estados Unidos antes de el 15 de Diciembre de 2010.

  20. walter marroquin Says:

    es muy dificil lo del tps soy chapin 100% y creo que usa no apoyara a guatemala en este caso ojala me equiboque pero es la realidad lo unico que nos queda es seguir adelate en lo que podamos

  21. Leonardo Sagastume Says:

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    AND FOR THE PEOPLE OF The Law Offices of Patrick Kolasinski, I SINCERELY LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE TO US I DO APPRECIATED ONES AGAIN THANK YOU SO MUCH KEEP IT UP.

  22. Patrick Kolasinski Says:

    Thank you for the kind words Leonardo. We are constantly humbled and touched by the incredible response to this site, and are honored to be able to provide a service to the Guatemalan community.

  23. Luis Says:

    Patrick Kolasinski,

    Have you heard anything new about the TPS for Guatemala? On your summary & recap, you mentioned that the application was submitted on June 4, 2010. It’s been more than 6 months now, and we still haven’t heard an answer.

    Any updates will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Luis Tapia

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  27. Dario Forme Says:

    TPS interessting I did not know about this kid of aid practiced by the US. is it also in use in Europe?

  28. Casie Pokelt Says:

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