Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans and Nicaraguans Extended

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The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for eligible nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending Jan. 5, 2015.  Current beneficiaries wishing to extend their TPS status are required to re-register during the re-registration period (April 3, 2013, through June 3, 2013). Applications will not be accepted before April 3, 2013.

The extension will also permit TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (“EAD”). Eligible beneficiaries who request an EAD and meet the re-registration deadline will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2015. Recognizing that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current ones expire, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Honduras/Nicaragua EADs that have a July 5, 2013, expiration date for an additional six months - through Jan. 5, 2014.