U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of the countries of both Honduras and Nicaragua. The extended TPS status, which applies to both nationals and those without nationality who last habitually resided in either of the countries, is effective from July 6, 2016 through Jan. 5, 2018.
USCIS gives current TPS beneficiaries who would like to extend their TPS status a 60-day re-registration period, which runs from May 16, 2016 through July 15, 2016. With each, USCIS encourages beneficiaries to re-register for the extended TPS status as soon as possible.
In each case, extended TPS registration allows beneficiaries to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Applicants who request a new EAD will receive one that carries an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2018. And because some of those who re-register may not recieve their new EAD until after current work permits expire, USCIS is automatically extending EADs carrying a July 5, 2016 expiration by six months. Existing EADs are now valid through Jan. 5, 2017.
Current TPS beneficiaries who would like to re-register must submit:
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (no fee is charged for re-registrants)
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (regardless of whether an EAD is wanted)
- Biometric services fee (or fee waiver request) for those registrants who are 14-year-old or older
The Form I-765 EAD fee (or fee waiver request is only required in cases where an EAD is wanted. No fee is required in cases where an EAD isn’t wanted.
Notably, while USCIS is in a transition to process TPS Nicaragua application electronically, applicants must still complete paper forms and submit them by mail. When USCIS offices receive the documents, agency workers will scan them into computer systems for processing. Nicaraguan nationals who properly file extension submissions will receive a USCIS Account Acceptance Notice in the mail, which will include instructions for creating an online USCIS account.
With an online account, applicants can check case status, receive notifications and case updates, respond to requests for evidence and also manage contact information online. USCIS will also receive case notifications through the U.S. Post Office.