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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • El Salvador: TPS designation will terminate on September 9, 2019.
  • Honduras: No final decision has been made on Honduras’ designation.  On November 6, 2017, the former Acting Secretary of DHS announced through a press release that more information was needed to make a final decision regarding Honduras’ TPS designation.  Because no decision was made, TPS was automatically extended by law for 6 months through a provision in the INA.  Although this TPS designation extension was automatic, to maintain TPS, TPS holders had to re-register for the 6-month extension by February 13, 2018.
  • Nicaragua: TPS designation will end on January 5, 2019.
  • Haiti: TPS designation will end on July 22, 2019.
  • El Salvador: The 60-day re-registration window is open from January 18, 2018 to March 19, 2018.
  • Honduras: The re-registration period for Honduras 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.
  • 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 is open from January 18, 2018 to March 19, 2018.

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 accredited representative before doing so.

  1. EAD (Work Permit)
  2. If you have been arrested or charged with committing any crime: Certified Final Court Dispositions or any other court documents related to any arrest or other incidents with the police; even if you previously sent those to immigration.
  3. Copy of previous application (optional, but can sometimes be useful to verify information)
  4. If you have traveled on advance parole, bring the approval notice for your advance parole and the passport that you used to travel or if you entered the U. S. with a visa, bring your passport or other documentation used to enter the United States.
  5. Money order for $85 or $495. See below.

TPS holders have the option of re-registering for TPS with or without requesting employment authorization.  The cost for registration increases significantly if an applicant also requests employment authorization.  See below.  Many applicants that do not work, or have work permits through other categories re-register for TPS without requesting a work permit.  If re-registration applicants do not request a work permit, they only pay a $85 biometrics fee.  To re-register for TPS and request a work permit costs $495 ($85 biometrics fee + $410 for the work permit).

Note: Applicants under 14 years old are not required to submit the $85 fee. 

TPS holders have the option of re-registering for TPS with or without requesting employment authorization.  The cost for registration increases significantly if an applicant also requests employment authorization.  See below.  Many applicants that do not work, or have work permits through other categories re-register for TPS without requesting a work permit.  If re-registration applicants do not request a work permit, they only pay a $85 biometrics fee.  To re-register for TPS and request a work permit costs $495 ($85 biometrics fee + $410 for the work permit).

Note: Applicants under 14 years old are not required to submit the $85 fee. 

While re-registration by filing form I-821 is required to maintain TPS benefits, requesting an accompanying work permit is not necessary to maintain TPS.  See above.

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 public benefit, have a household income under 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, or would suffer other financial hardship.  The process of assessing fee waiver eligibility can be complicated and we recommend discussing this option with an attorney or trusted community service provider.

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 until the automatic extension expiration date.

  • El Salvador: Current work permits were automatically extended for 180 days through September 5, 2018. If an applicant requests a new work permit, it will be valid through September 9, 2019.
  • Honduras: Current work permits were automatically extended through July 4, 2018. Applying for a new work permit will produce a new work permit with an expiration date of July 5, 2018.
  • Nicaragua: Applying for a new work permit automatically extends your existing work permit for 180 days through July 4, 2018.  If an applicant requests a new work permit, it will be valid through January 5, 2019.
  • Haiti: Current work permits were automatically extended through July 21, 2018.  If an applicant requests a new work permit, it will be valid through July 22, 2019.

If you are seeking a new job or have been asked to provide current/valid authorization to work, you may present the expired work permit along with the Federal Register Notice issued by USCIS in which the employer is provided with information about the automatic extension of your work permit 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.

Below you will find links to the Federal Register notices extending your work authorization:

Nepal: April 25, 2018

Honduras: May 4, 2018

Yemen: July 5, 2018

Somalia: July 19, 2018

South Sudan: March 3, 2019

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