EADs that show a category code of “A-12” or “C-19” and an expiration date of 09/09/2019 are valid through January 2, 2020. Workers do not need to present additional documentation (such as an I-797C receipt notice) for this automatic extension for the Form I-9. USCIS automatically extended through January 2, 2020, the validity of certain EADs issued to individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The automatic extension applies to several TPS-designated countries, including El Salvador. For more information, visit USCIS’s webpage on TPS El Salvador. Read the March 1, 2019 Federal Register Notice announcing the automatic extension. Call IER at 1-800-255-7688 (1-800-237-2515 TTY)
USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum Designating AAO Decision in Matter of H-G-G- as an Adopted Decision
USCIS issued a policy memo designating Matter of H-G-G- as an adopted decision, noting that “For purposes of adjustment of status under section 245 of the Act, a recipient of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is considered as being in and maintaining lawful status as a nonimmigrant only during the period that TPS is in effect; a grant of TPS does not constitute an admission, nor does it cure or otherwise impact any previous unlawful status.” Matter of H-G-G-, Adopted Decision 2019-01 (AAO July 31, 2019)
DHS Acting Secretary McAleenan announced that he has extended Syria’s TPS designation for 18 months. The extension permits current Syrian TPS beneficiaries to re-register for TPS and remain in the U.S. with work authorization through March 31, 2021. There are approximately 7,000 Syrian TPB beneficiaries, per DHS.
Further details about this extension for TPS, including information about the re-registration process and employment authorization documents, will appear in a Federal Register notice.
Hundreds of thousands of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries and their families are scrambling to prepare for when their status expires in the coming years. We are offering to discuss potential bases for alternative immigration status for people in this situation, and address how recent federal court precedents and ongoing litigation may benefit TPS beneficiaries seeking to remain in the United States permanently. We will go over:
- Alternative Forms of Humanitarian Relief
- Family-Based Immigrant Visa Options
- Employment-Based Immigrant Visa Options
- Uncommon Alternatives for Relief
This meeting is at no cost to those currently on TPS. If you are interested in this free review, please click the button below to schedule your in person meeting with an attorney.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Honduras’ designation who want to maintain their status through the effective termination date of Jan. 5, 2020, must re-register between June 5, 2018, and Aug. 6, 2018.
All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at the time of filing Form I-821, or separately at a later date. Both forms are free for download on USCIS’ website at uscis.gov/tps.
USCIS will issue new EADs with a Jan. 5, 2020 expiration date to eligible Honduran TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs. Given the time frames involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, however, USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the expiration date on EADs issued under the TPS designation of Honduras for 180 days, through Jan. 1, 2019. This automatic extension includes individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2018, and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received their new EADs.
On May 4, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her determination that the statutory conditions supporting Honduras’ TPS designation on the basis of an environmental disaster are no longer met. Secretary Nielsen made her decision to terminate TPS for Honduras after reviewing country conditions and consulting with appropriate U.S. government agencies. To allow time for an orderly transition, she delayed the effective date of the termination by 18 months from the current expiration date of July 5, 2018. As a result of the delayed effective date, Honduras’ TPS designation will end on Jan. 5, 2020.