The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended its deadline for processing immigration applications for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from July 12, 2010 to January 18, 2011. TPS is granted to eligible nationals of certain countries (or persons without nationality who last habitually lived in that country) who have experienced temporary negative conditions, such as armed conflict, environmental disaster, or extraordinary and temporary conditions, that prevents nationals of the country from returning safely or for the country to handle their return adequately. It allows for beneficiaries to remain in the U.S. and legally work for a set time period until they can return safely home. Further information about filing an application for TPS can be found on the USCIS website.