Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans with Temporary Protected Status

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Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans with Temporary Protected Status

By | 2019-08-26T09:03:00+00:00 June 6th, 2018|US Visa/Passport News|

Following the decision of the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to end the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) of Hondurans in May, the government has now opened the re-registration period for the remaining time.

The TPS for Hondurans is expected to end on January 5th, 2020. Until then, Hondurans need to re-register and maintain their TPS. Now, the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced the dates when Hondurans can register.

USCIS announced a 60 day re-registration period running from June 5th to August 6th, 2018. During this time, Hondurans can submit their TPS applications with supporting documents. Additionally, they can also choose to file for their Employment Authorization Documents (EAD). This document grants them permission to legally work in the U.S.

The re-registration is only available for Hondurans who already have TPS. New registrations from Hondurans with other immigration statuses will be subject to a court decision.

For most Hondurans, their TPS will end on January 1st, 2019. Their EADs will most likely expire on July 5th, 2018. That is why USCIS has made this announcement. The authority does not want Hondurans to continue working without a permit or legal status in the country.

Due to the large volume of applications, USCIS stated that it will automatically extend the validity of all Hondurans’ EADs. The EADs will be automatically valid until to January 1st, 2019. All those Hondurans who will file for a new EAD or those who have already filed but did not get the document yet can show their old EADs. They can show EADs that have an expiration date of July 5th, 2018 and not have a problem with their employers. This is only valid for EAD applicants who have submitted applications on or after December 15th, 2017.

Those who want to apply for new EADs can do so by submitting Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization with their TPS file.

Despite the USCIS extending the validity of the EADs, Hondurans still need to apply for their TPS. They can do this through submitting Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. They do not need to pay a filing fee for the form, but may need to pay the biometrics fee of $85.

All applicants who are over 14 years old must to pay the biometrics fee. However, if they cannot afford it, they can attach a Fee Waiver form to their application. Additionally, the TPS application must also include the supporting documents.

The details of TPS are thoroughly explained in the Temporary Protected Status article.

If a Honduras applicant is re-registering for the TPS or filing an EAD form through the U.S Postal Service, they can mail the application to:

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services

Attn: TPS Honduras

P.O. Box 6943

Chicago, IL

60680-6943

If the applicants are using a non-U.S Postal Service delivery, they can mail their applications to:

U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services

Attn: TPS Honduras

131S Dearborn – 3rd Floor

Chicago, IL

60603-5517

 

The TPS program was created in 1990 by U.S Congress. Its goal was to protect nationals of countries in humanitarian crisis. The status was available only to those who were in the U.S at the time the crisis happened. It granted TPS status to Honduras in 1999 after Hurricane Mitch ravaged the country in 1998.

In May of 2018, the Secretary of the DHS announced that the TPS status for Honduras would end by January 5th, 2020. They gave Hondurans 18 months to allow for better transition. The ending of the TPS for Honduras followed a string of other TPS terminations. The DHS announced termination dates for El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Nepal, and Sudan. These terminations are all expected to come into power within the next year.

The Trump administration determined that the conditions in these countries have improved enough to allow their citizens to return. The decisions have faced immense backlash from experts. They state that the administration is not informed of the severe and dangerous conditions expecting these people upon their return.

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