By Shin-I Lowe
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced an extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning January 6, 2012, and ending July 5, 2013. Eligible applicants must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from November 4, 2011 through January 5, 2012.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of July 5, 2013. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recognizes that all re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire. Therefore, USCIS is extending the current TPS Honduras EAD bearing a January 6, 2012, expiration date for an additional six months, through July 5, 2012.
TPS is a temporary immigration status that allows eligible individuals to remain and legally work in the United States for a set time period. Information from DHS about completing an Application for Temporary Protected Status and other requirements relating to TPS are available at the TPS landing page.