On November 6, 2017, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua will be terminated.
For Nicaragua, there will be a delayed effective date of 12 months to allow for an orderly transition before the designation terminates on January 5, 2019.
She also determined that additional information is necessary regarding the TPS designation for Honduras, and therefore has made no determination regarding Honduras at this time. Regarding Honduras, Acting Secretary Duke concluded that despite receiving input from a broad spectrum of sources, additional time is necessary to obtain and assess supplemental information pertaining to country conditions in Honduras in order to make an appropriately deliberative TPS designation determination. As a result of the inability to make a determination, the TPS designation for Honduras will be automatically extended for six months from the current January 5, 2018 date of expiration to the new expiration date of July 5, 2018.
However, given the information currently available to the Acting Secretary, it is possible that the TPS designation for Honduras will be terminated at the end of the six-month automatic extension with an appropriate delay.
I HAVE TPS FROM NICARAGUA / HONDURAS. WHAT DO I DO NOW?
TPS beneficiaries from Honduras and Nicaragua can still get work authorization during the extension period. According to USCIS officials:
- People seeking work authorization should receive an EAD that is valid through Jan. 5, 2018.
- Applicants who already possess a valid EAD work permit will not need to worry about this document expiring because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be automatically extending these EADs for at least six months.
Filing for TPS or any immigration status can be a complicated process. We strongly advised that you consult with an experienced attorney who can discuss with you to see how you can maintain legal status here in the US or obtain status through other forms of relief.
We here at Elkhalil Law understand the stresses that this new announcement may bring to you and/or your family and friends. If you need help resolving immigration issues, please contact your Atlanta immigration attorneys here at Elkhalil Law PC for effective representation and experienced help. Call us today at 770-612-3499 or send us an email via the contact form to find out more about our services and how we can assist you.
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For the USCIS Memorandum: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2017/11/06/acting-secretary-elaine-duke-announcement-temporary-protected-status-nicaragua-and