USCIS Extends TPS for Honduras

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Honduras from the current expiration of Jul. 5, 2010 to the new expiration date of Jan. 5, 2012.

Under the extension, individuals who have been granted TPS are eligible to re-register and maintain their status for an additional 18 months provided they remain otherwise eligible for TPS.  There are approximately 66,000 nationals of Honduras (and people having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) who may be eligible for re-registration. TPS does not apply to Honduran nationals who entered the United States after Dec. 30, 1998.

To maintain TPS status, Honduran TPS beneficiaries must re-register during the re-registration period from May 5 until July 5, 2010. It is important to re-register as soon as the re-registration period opens to allow sufficient time for USCIS to complete all the routine background checks and further application processing.  Applications from Honduran TPS beneficiaries will not be accepted before May 5, 2010.

USCIS will issue a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to eligible TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs.  However, USCIS will automatically extend the validity of existing EADs held by Honduran TPS beneficiaries until Jan. 5, 2011. This automatic extension will allow sufficient time for eligible TPS beneficiaries to re-register and receive new EADs without any lapse in employment authorization.

TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, to re-register.  Applicants seeking an extension of employment authorization must file an Application for Employment Authorization, Form I-765, with the required fee.  If an individual is only seeking to re-register for TPS, the applicant must still file Form I-765 for data-gathering purposes; the filing fee is not required.  Re-registrants age 14 and older must submit the biometric fee.

The USCIS issued a Question and Answer on the new TPS extension for Hondurans.  To read this Q/A, please click here.

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