It has been announced that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is due to terminate the Temporary Protection Status (TPS) designation to Nicaraguans on January 5,2019, affecting thousands of Nicaraguans who have resided in the US for several decades. Now, Nicaraguans will need to find an alternative method of legalizing their status or will have to leave the US.
However, the DHS has not yet reached a decision regarding Hondurans. As a result, the TPS deadline will be automatically extended for 6 months, moving the deadline from January 5, 2018 to the new date of July 5, 2018.
Decisions regarding TPS designation for other countries will be held on the following dates:
November 23, 2017 – HAITI
January 8, 2018 – EL SALVADOR
January 30, 2018 – SYRIA
April 25, 2018 – NEPAL
July 5, 2018 – YEMEN
July 19, 2018 – SOMALIA
March 3, 2019 – SOUTH SUDAN
Resources regarding TPS are available below:
Immi provides an online interview to help immigrants learn about options beyond TPS at https://www.immi.org/home/prescreening. The site also includes plain language Know Your Rights articles, including an update on TPS at https://www.immi.org/Info/LearningCenter.
Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. (CLINIC)
CLINIC offers comprehensive resources on TPS for legal service providers at https://cliniclegal.org/resources/preparing-potential-large-scale-termination-temporary-protected-status
U.S. Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel (OSC)
The OSC offers a flyer on Temporary Protected Status and the right to work at http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/osc/pdf/publications/TPS_worker.pdf.