TPS

FAQ*

THE FAQs CONTAINED BELOW WILL BE PERIODICALLY UPDATED.

What is my country’s current TPS designation status?

El Salvador: TPS designation is set to terminate on September 9, 2019.  However, the decision to terminate TPS for El Salvador is impacted by the Ramos v. Nielsen court order stopping TPS terminations, see below. 

Nicaragua: TPS designation was set to expire on January 5, 2019.  To comply with the Ramos v. Nielsen court order stopping TPS terminations, TPS for Nicaragua has been automatically extended through April 2, 2019. 

Haiti: TPS designation is set to terminate on July 22, 2019. However, the decision to terminate TPS for Haiti is impacted by the Ramos v. Nielsen court order stopping TPS terminations, see below. 

Honduras: TPS designation will terminate on January 5, 2020.  The decision to terminate TPS for Honduras is NOT directly impacted by the Ramos v. Nielsen court order stopping TPS terminations.  

Can I travel on advance parole?

Traveling on advance parole has many potential benefits and few potential risks.  Applicants seeking to travel on advance parole should consult with an attorney or OLAP (Office of Legal Access Programs) accredited representative before doing so.

For TPS holders affected by the Ramos v. Nielsen court order stopping TPS terminations (El Salvador, Nicaragua, Haiti, Sudan), you may continue to request advance parole for travel abroad so long as the court injunction remains. 

Was my work permit automatically extended?

USCIS regularly automatically extends TPS work permits while applications are pending. See below to see if your country’s TPS work permits were automatically extended.  If your work permit was automatically extended, it remains valid through the automatic extension expiration date.  Some TPS holders have work permits that were extended additional time following the Ramos v. Nielsen court order stopping certain TPS terminations.

El Salvador: Current work permits were automatically extended for 180 days through September 5, 2018.  For applicants whose work permit renewals were not processed by September 5, 2018, immigration authorized an additional 180-day extension and should have sent an official letter notifying you of the extension.  If you have not received this letter, you can call immigration at 202-272-8377 o at 800-375-5283 to request that one be mailed to you.  If an applicant requested a new work permit, it will be valid through September 9, 2019.

Honduras: Work permits were automatically extended through January 1, 2019.  https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/06/05/2018-12161/termination-of-the-designation-of-honduras-for-temporary-protected-status.  If an applicant requested a new work permit, it will be valid through January 5, 2020. 

Nicaragua: Through the Ramos v. Nielsen court order stopping TPS terminations, work permits are now valid through April 2, 2019.  The automatic extension applies to work permits with expirations dates of January 5, 2019.  The automatic extension also applies to work permits with an expiration date of January 5, 2018 if an extension was requested during the last re-registration and has not yet been processed.   

Haiti: If an applicant requested a new work permit, it will be valid through July 22, 2019. 

How do I re-register for TPS?

El Salvador: The 60-day re-registration window ended on March 19, 2018.  If you did not re-register during the designated time-frame, we recommend that you get a consultation to see if you qualify to register late by showing you had good cause for missing the filing window.

Nicaragua: The re-registration period for Nicaragua ended on February 13, 2018.  If you did not re-register during the designated time-frame, we recommend that you get a consultation to see if you qualify to register late by showing you had good cause for missing the filing window.

Haiti: The 60-day re-registration window ended on March 19, 2018.  If you did not re-register during the designated time-frame, we recommend that you get a consultation to see if you qualify to register late by showing you had good cause for missing the filing window.

Honduras: The 60-day re-registration window ended on August 6, 2018.  If you did not re-register during the designated time-frame, we recommend that you get a consultation to see if you qualify to register late by showing you had good cause for missing the filing window.

What legal assistance does CARECEN offer to TPS holders?

CARECEN offers comprehensive and free legal services for TPS holders from all TPS designated countries.  Services include TPS re-registrations/requests for work permits, advance parole consultations and form preparation, legal consultations, family petitions, and applications for other immigration relief.   CARECEN is often able to complete family petitions, adjustments of status, and other immigration cases free of cost. If you would like information about our TPS services, contact our hotline at 213-814-5248.  Address: 2845 W. 7th Street Los Angeles, CA 90005. For TPS re-registration assistance in the San Fernando Valley, please call our office in Van Nuys at 818-616-6019.   

How much does CARECEN charge for TPS legal services?

CARECEN’s TPS services are free of charge to low-income California residents. 

I am directly affected by these TPS decisions, how do I join the TPS campaign?

CARECEN, the Save TPS campaign, and the National TPS Alliance invite you to join in their efforts to protect TPS and collectively advocate for permanent residency for TPS holders and the 12 million other immigrants that are fighting for legal status in the United States.

Visit www.nationalTPSalliance.org for more information

*We encourage you to consult with a trusted attorney or OLAP accredited representative to verify eligibility and potential legal particularities in individual cases

 

Impact of Ramos v. Nielsen Court Order Stopping TPS Terminations

What did the court order in the case of Ramos v. Nielsen?

On October 3, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ordered a preliminary injunction that makes the U.S. government suspend the termination of TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador.  Injunctions are sometimes used by courts to make a party in a lawsuit either do or refrain from taking a certain action while the court case is pending.  While the order remains in effect, DHS may not terminate TPS for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and El Salvador.  TPS was automatically extended for 6 months from the date of the court order (through April 2, 2019) for Nicaragua and Sudan.  Additional extensions may be required to comply with the court order so long as the injunction remains in effect. 

I am a TPS holder from either Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, or El Salvador.  When does my TPS expire? 

To comply with the court order in Ramos v. Nielsen, DHS automatically extended TPS and the validity of TPS-related work permits for Nicaragua and Sudan through April 2, 2019.  This automatic extension applies only to those TPS holders who re-registered for TPS during the last re-registration period.  If you did not re-register during the last re-registration period, we recommend to consult with an attorney or OLAP representative to see if you may apply late with “good cause.” 

How can I show my employer that my work permit remains valid after the expiration date? 

TPS holders from Nicaragua or Sudan may show their expired work permit along with the Federal Register Notice published on October 31, 2018 (https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/10/31/2018-23892/continuation-of-documentation-for-beneficiaries-of-temporary-protected-status-designations-for-sudan) in which the employer is provided with information about the automatic extension of your work permit through April 2, 2019 and instructions on how to verify your eligibility to work.  The notice also informs employers of the legal consequences for acts of discrimination and their failure to accept your expired work permit as valid proof that you are authorized to work. 

I am a TPS holder from Sudan or Nicaragua.  Can I request a new work permit valid through April 2, 2019? 

Although you may apply for a new work permit, doing so is not required to show that you are authorized to work.  Processing times suggest that your new card may not be processed before April 2, 2019, the date of expiration.  A fee waiver for the cost of the work permit is available to applicants who themselves or through a qualifying household member receive a means-tested