Honduras TPS Re-registration Underway

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting re-registration applications from Honduran nationals seeking to maintain temporary protected status (TPS) status through termination on Jan. 5, 2020. The re-registration period, including renewal of employment authorization documents (EADs), runs through Aug. 6, 2018.

Options for Honduran nationals seeking to remain in the United States beyond the TPS end date in 2020 involve filing an adjustment of status application. While each individual immigrant situation varies, entering another immigration status or receiving another benefit might prove as available options.

Applicants seeking TPS renewal file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants who seek an extension of work authorization file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. Applicants file the 2 forms together or file the employment authorization form after filing the TPS form.

New EADs issued by USCIS include an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2020 go to “eligible Honduran TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs,” according to a recent USCIS release. At the same time, “USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the expiration date on EADs issued under the TPS designation of Honduras for 180 days, through Jan. 1, 2019.” The automatic extension applies to all Honduran nationals holding current EADs with an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2018 as well as those who applied for a new EAD in the last period of re-registration but who’ve not yet received it.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced the end of Honduran TPS designation on May 4, saying environmental disaster conditions in the Central American country no longer apply. “Secretary Nielsen made her decision to terminate TPS for Honduras after reviewing country conditions and consulting with appropriate U.S. government agencies.” The secretary’s 18-month extension to Jan. 5, 2020– beyond the current expiration of July 5– allows for an orderly transition.

Re-registration procedures, including information around the renewal of employment authorization documents, have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps.