Christmas came early for TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal.
In September this year we focused three of our blogs on TPS (Temporary Protected Status) and the legal developments surrounding it (1: Temporary Protected Status and the Latest Lawsuit, 2: USCIS Rules to Eliminate Path to Permanent Residence After Traveling Outside U.S. for Temporary Protected Status Holders, and 3: Court Rules Government Can End Temporary Protected Status for 300,000 Immigrants).
We take a keen interest in TPS circumstances because we have so many clients who possess TPS. Many TPS holders are celebrating right now, because DHS (Department of Homeland Security) just extended the TPS designation for the six countries whose status is at issue in the Ramos, Saget, and Bhattarai federal court cases.
The TPS designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal were set to expire on January 4, 2021. Instead, TPS for those designations is now extended through October 4, 2021. The announcement was published in the Federal Register earlier this month by USCIS.
We especially want to note that the USCIS Notice automatically extends the EADs (Employment Authorization Document) of those possessing category codes of A-12 or C-19 to October 4, 2021, if the EAD has one of the specific expiration dates listed here.
I-94 and I-797 Extensions
If a TPS beneficiary filed for re-registration of their I-94 or I-797 during either:
- The most recent DHS-announced registration period for their country, or
- Any applicable previous DHS-announced re-registration periods for the TPS beneficiary's country, or
- Has a re-registration application that remains pending,
then the validity period of that TPS beneficiary's I-94 and I-797 will also be automatically extended. For more information on this, click here.
If you have more questions about your TPS status, or feel like you qualify for TPS, please reach out to us at (757) 422-8472, or send us a message on our website. You can also schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys by clicking on this link.