Agency Update: Federal Register Notice for Honduras TPS Termination
For those applicants that have been through redesignation before, this is the main change to be aware of:
- Honduras received an 18-month termination of its Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, designation. The last day of TPS for Honduras will be Jan. 5, 2020. More information can be found on the USCIS webpage for TPS for Honduras.
- To maintain TPS through the 18-month termination period, Honduran TPS holders will need to re-register during the 60-day re-registration period, which runs from June 5, 2018 to Aug. 6, 2018.
- However, current Honduran TPS holders with an application (Form I-821 and/or Form I-765) still pending as of June 5, 2018 do not need to file a new TPS application (Form I-821 and/or Form I-765) and will receive TPS and/or work authorization until Jan. 5, 2020.
- Current Honduran TPS holder Employment Authorization Documents, or EADs, with an expiration date of July 5, 2018 are automatically extended for 180 days, through Jan. 1, 2019. The 180-day automatic extension also applies to someone with an EAD that expired Jan. 5, 2018 who has pending Form I-765 as of June 5, 2018.
Procedures for re-registration:
- The 60-day re-registration period for Honduran TPS holders is from June 5, 2018 to Aug. 6, 2018. TPS holders are encouraged to apply as early as possible during the re-registration period.
- To re-register, current TPS holders who do not have a pending application must submit the TPS application (Form I-821). TPS holders DO NOT need to pay a filing fee with Form I-821.
- Although TPS holders do not need to pay a filing fee for Form I-821, TPS holders over age 14 must submit a biometrics service fee, which is $85. Individuals unable to pay the biometrics fee may submit a request for a fee waiver (Form I-912). More information on fee waivers can be found here: www.uscis.gov/i-912
- For current Honduran TPS holders, EADs with an expiration date of July 5, 2018 are automatically extended for 180 days through Jan. 1, 2019.
- While waiting for a new EAD to be issued, TPS holders with pending applications may use the following as proof of employment authorization until Jan. 1, 2019:
- an EAD with a Jan. 5, 2018 expiration date; and
- an application receipt notice (Notice of Action, Form I-797C) that notes an application was received on or after Dec. 15, 2017.
- Honduran TPS holders who wish to receive work authorization through the entire TPS designation period (through Jan. 5, 2020), must file an Employment Authorization application (Form I-765) and pay the $410 fee and the biometrics service fee, which is $85 (or request a fee waiver). More information on fee waivers can be found here: www.uscis.gov/i-912
- Honduran TPS holders seeking work authorization through Jan. 5, 2020 are encouraged to submit Form I-765 when they submit Form I-821 and biometrics fee during the 60-day re-registration period.
- Honduran TPS holders may file for work authorization through Jan. 5, 2020 at a later time (after the 60-day re-registration period) but risk having gaps in employment authorization.
Avoiding legal services fraud:
- TPS holders should seek qualified legal assistance regarding re-registration and beware of fraud. More information about avoiding legal services scams is available in English and Spanish here: cliniclegal.org/notario