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Federal Register Notices Published for TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua

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Federal Register Notices have been published for Honduras and Nicaragua.

Honduras:

Key information:

Procedures for re-registration:

  • In order to maintain TPS during the six-month extension, current Honduran TPS holders must re-register by submitting the application for TPS (Form I-821). TPS holders DO NOT need to pay a filing fee with Form I-821.
  • The 60-day re-registration period is from Dec. 15, 2017 to Feb. 13, 2018. TPS holders are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the re-registration period.
  • Although TPS holders do not need to pay a filing fee for Form I-821, those 14 years or older must submit an $85 biometrics fee. Applicants unable to pay the biometrics fee may submit a request for a fee waiver.
  • Current Honduran TPS holders hold work authorization, or EADs, with an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2018. These EADs are automatically extended through the Federal Register Notice for 180 days until July 4, 2018. In other words, Honduran TPS holders do not need to apply for a new EAD in order to receive an automatic extension of their work authorization though they must still re-register.
  • If a Honduran TPS holder wishes to receive a new EAD with a July 5, 2018 expiration date on the face of the card, the TPS holder must 1) file Form I-821, 2) pay the biometrics fee, 3) file an application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765), and 4) pay the $410 EAD fee. The forms should be submitted together.
  • Honduran TPS holders may request a new EAD at a later date (beyond the 60-day re-registration period) as long as the TPS holder currently has TPS or a pending application (Form I-821).

Nicaragua:

Key information:

Procedures for re-registration:

  • In order to maintain TPS during the 12-month termination period, current Nicaraguan TPS holders must re-register.
  • The 60-day re-registration period is from Dec. 15, 2017 to Feb. 13, 2018. TPS holders are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the re-registration period.
  • To re-register, TPS holders must submit the application for TPS (Form I-821). TPS holders DO NOT need to pay a filing fee to submit Form I-821.
  • Although TPS holders do not need to pay a filing fee for Form I-821, TPS holders 14 years or older must submit an $85 biometrics fee.
  • Information about work authorization:

If a current Nicaraguan TPS holder…

Work authorization is…

Associated fees

Does nothing

Automatically extended for 60 days until March 6, 2018.

N/A

Files an I-821

Automatically extended for 60 days until March 6, 2018.

$85 biometrics fee for individuals 14 years or older (fee waiver available)

Files an I-821 and I-765 within the 60 day re-registration period

Automatically extended for 180 days until July 4, 2018 and the TPS holder will receive a new EAD with an expiration of Jan. 5, 2019.

$85 biometrics fee for individuals 14 or older + $410 I-765 filing fee (fee waivers available)

Files an I-821 within the 60-day re-registration period but files an I-765 at a later date after the 60-day re-registration period

At risk of having gaps. TPS holders may still apply for an EAD following the 60-day re-registration period (as long as they currently have TPS or a pending TPS application) however they will be at risk of having a gap in work authorization. TPS holders who would like continuous work authorization through Jan. 5, 2019 are strongly encouraged to file the I-821 and I-765 as early as possible within the 60-day re-registration period.

$85 biometrics fee for individuals age 14 or older + $ 410 I-765 filing fee (fee waivers available)

 

In all cases, applicants who are unable to pay the biometrics fee or Employment Authorization fees may apply for fee waivers by filing Form I-912 or by submitting a personal letter requesting a fee waiver with proper documentation. More information on fee waivers: https://www.uscis.gov/i-912

TPS holders should see qualified legal assistance regarding re-registration. TPS holders should beware of notario fraud. More information about avoiding legal services scams is available here: https://cliniclegal.org/notario