Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for foreign nationals from Nicaragua and Honduras. The Secretary of Homeland Security may designate a country for TPS when he or she determines that conditions in a country temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely, or where the country cannot adequately handle the return of its nationals. One example of temporary conditions that can lead to a TPS designation is an environmental disaster, such as an earthquake or hurricane. The Secretary also designates a time period during which TPS will be available for nationals of the specified countries.
Once a foreign national is granted TPS, during the designated TPS period, that person is not removable from the United States and can obtain work and travel authorization. The person can also not be detained by DHS.
On May 16, 2016, Secretary Jeh Johnson extended TPS for Nicaragua and Honduras, finding that there continues to be a substantial, temporary disruption in living conditions in those countries due to Hurricane Mitch, which occurred in 1998. Effective July 6, 2016, TPS is extended for both countries through January 5, 2018. Current TPS holders who wish to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day period running from May 16, 2016 through July 15, 2016.
If you think you may be eligible for TPS, or if you wish to extend your TPS, please do not hesitate to contact Joseph & Hall P.C. for assistance.
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