Re-registration for current Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries under both Honduras’ and Nicaragua designations remains open through February of next year. Re-registration procedures for each country include the option for employment authorization documentation (EAD) renewal.
On a procedural level, TPS beneficiaries submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Those individuals interested in work authorization renewal complete and submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization.
Honduras, a country which former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke didn’t reach a TPS determination in November, received an automatic 6-month extension of the TPS designation– through July 5, 2018. DHS officials will offer an assessment of country conditions at least 60 days before the July date. With the assessment, DHS will determine at that time whether to extend, redesignation of Honduran TPS benefits.
“During this six-month extension, individuals with TPS are encouraged to prepare for their return to Honduras in the event Honduras’ designation is not extended again, including requesting updated travel documents from the government of Honduras,” according to a USCIS statement.
In the case of Nicaragua’s TPS designation, which ends Jan. 5, 2019, individual beneficiaries who want to maintain their status and work authorization through the termination date can do so through Feb. 13, 2018.
Nicaraguan nationals applying for renewed EADs will receive authorization through Jan. 5, 2019. But because of timeframes involved, according to a USCIS release, “DHS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire on Jan. 5, 2018. Accordingly, DHS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Nicaragua for 60 days, through March 6, 2018.”
In addition,” Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and properly file applications for an EAD will have the validity of their current EADs automatically extended for up to 180 days from the date their current EADs expire, through July 4, 2018.”
USCIS officials urge all TPS nationals to consult with qualified practitioners around eligibility around changing immigration status or benefit.