TPS EXTENDED UNTIL DECEMBER 31, 2022 FOR EL SALVADOR, HAITI, NICARAGUA, SUDAN, HONDURAS, AND NEPAL
DHS Extends TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal for 15 months, from October 4, 2021 through December 31, 2022!
TPS Remains in Effect for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal
On September 10, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal for 15-months, until December 31, 2022. TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible individuals from designated countries who are unable to return home safely due to conditions or circumstances in their home countries. In 2018, the Trump administration attempted to terminate TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal.
However, following court challenges (in the Ramos, Saget, and Bhattarai cases) and an agreement between the parties, DHS must extend TPS for these countries while litigation remains pending. As with the previous extensions due to the pending cases, this 15-month extension is automatic and free of charge.
TPS Work Permits Remain Valid until December 31, 2022
With the extension of TPS for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal, TPS work permits with various expiration dates also remain valid. This means that TPS holders from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal are able to continue to legally work in the U.S. even if their work permits have a date on them that has already expired.
TPS Holders from Haiti Must Register for TPS Under the New Designation of TPS for Haiti
DHS issued a new designation for Haiti for TPS on August 3, 2021. In order to ensure TPS under the new designation, eligible individuals must apply (register) under this new designation for Haiti before the close of the registration period on February 3, 2023. Please find a previously circulated resource, here.
TPS Holders Should Seek Reputable Legal Assistance
It is important for individuals, even in TPS status, to investigate whether they may be eligible for any other type of immigration benefits and, if not, to explore their options affecting everything from mortgages to family arrangements. Beware of scammers. Find a reputable legal service provider near you here.
Take Action and make your voice heard!
While this is great news, TPS only provides temporary protections for immigrants who have lived and worked in the U.S. for years, many of whom are on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic. Take action by urging Congress to deliver a path to citizenship in the budget resolution for TPS holders, Dreamers, farm workers, and other essential workers who already call America home. Call Congress today and get your friends and family to call too: 1-877-267-5060