The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it is rescinding the termination of the previous administration of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal and Nicaragua.
In addition to this, the DHS extended the validity of the TPS for these countries for 18 more months. These measures are key to litigation challenging terminations that have been set aside. As usual, DHS monitors conditions around the world to assess whether TPS designations are truly warranted.
What Did DHS Say About The Termination Of The Previous TPS Administration?
The Secretary of National Security; Alejandro N. Mayorkas, stated the following:
“Through the extension of TPS, we offer continued security and protection to current beneficiaries. That is, to the citizens of El Salvador, Honduras, Nepal and Nicaragua who are already in the United States and cannot return to their countries due to environmental disasters.”
Likewise, the secretary emphasized that:
“We will continue to offer them help through this temporary form of humanitarian aid.”
Due to the potential for confusion in navigating this process, eligibility requirements will be explained through Federal Register notices. As a result, beneficiaries will be able to:
- Re-register for TPS, and
- Renew your Employment Authorization Documents (EAD).
Once these notices have been published, immigrants benefiting from TPS under any of these 4 countries will be able to re-register to continue with this status.
Immigrants who came to the US after the continuous residence dates for these designations will no longer be eligible to apply for TPS. Similarly, individuals who enter without authorization or do not have a legal basis to remain in the country may be deported.
Thus, the dates of continuous residence for these countries are:
- El Salvador: February 13, 2001.
- Honduras and Nicaragua: December 30, 1998.
- Nepal: June 24, 2015.
It should be noted that the decision to rescind the termination of TPS entered into force on June 9, 2023.
The reason DHS extended the validity of TPS in these countries was to ensure continued compliance with court orders in litigation challenging termination decisions that have been overturned.
For this reason, current beneficiaries will have their TPS valid until June 30, 2024. Next, we will explain this issue in detail in each of the 4 beneficiary countries.
TPS Extension Period For El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua And Nepal
DHS extends El Salvador’s TPS designation for 18 months. This means that it will be from September 10, 2023 to March 9, 2025.
The extension will allow more than 239,000 current TPS beneficiaries to register again to maintain immigration relief until March 9, 2025. However, they must continue to meet the eligibility requirements.
Current beneficiaries who wish to extend their status through March 9, 2025, must register again during the 60-day re-registration period. Said period includes from July 12, 2023 to September 10, 2023.
For Honduras, the TPS extension period is from January 6, 2024 to July 5, 2025. This new extension will benefit more than 76,000 immigrants under this status.
Those who wish to re-register to continue to hold TPS must do so during the 60-day re-registration period. This period runs from November 6, 2023 to January 5, 2024.
The new extension increases the TPS period for Nicaragua from January 6, 2024 to July 5, 2025. Said extension will benefit more than 4,000 Nicaraguan immigrants.
To continue to remain under this status, immigrants from Nicaragua must register once again under TPS during their registration period. This period runs from November 6, 2023 to January 5, 2024.
Nepalese citizens with a TPS will receive an extension of their status from December 25, 2023 to June 24, 2025. This measure will benefit more than 14,000 immigrants from Nepal.
Those who wish to continue their TPS status must register during the registration period that begins from October 24, 2023 to September 23, 2023.
Curbelo Law In Assisting TPS Applications In The United States
At Curbelo Law, we understand the complexities that our clients experience in their countries of origin and therefore travel to the US in search of a better life. However, immigration measures are not usually the most favorable for them.
For this reason, our team of immigration experts is committed to helping each of these immigrants in a helpful and attentive manner. Whether you are seeking immigration relief or permanent residence, at our law firm, we will be able to examine your scenario and help you legalize in the country.
If you would like to contact us, you may do so by E-mail, by phone, or by scheduling an appointment with our office, located in Ridgewood, New Jersey. Although we are located in this state, we offer immigration legal services throughout the country.