By Tedia Gamino
The Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, extended temporary protected status for eligible nationals from Nicaragua and Honduras as well as people who last habitually resided in those countries.
So what does this mean to you?
Current TPS beneficiaries who want to extend their TPS must re-register between now and July 15, 2016. The new extension is effective through January 5, 2018.
If you choose to reregister for the extension, you can also apply for a new employment authorization document, or EAD. If you register during the period between now and July 15, 2016, and you request a new EAD, you’ll get one that expires on January 5, 2018. However, some people may not receive new EADs until their current work permits expire—but to compensate, USCIS is automatically extending EADs that expire in July for 6 more months (they’ll now be valid through January 5, 2017).
Reregistering for Temporary Protected Status
Many people find that it’s beneficial to work with a Wisconsin immigration attorney who understands TPS and the reregistration process; it’s also helpful to find someone who can provide you with case-specific guidance to make the process go more smoothly.
In order to reregister, current temporary protected status beneficiaries must submit several forms, including an application for TPS (although if you’re reregistering, you won’t have to pay the application fee), an application for employment authorization (even if you don’t want one), and supply the EAD application fee, which you only have to pay if you want the EAD. If you’re over the age of 14, you’ll also have to pay the biometric services fee.
Do You Need to Know More About Extending Your TPS?
Whether you’re from Nicaragua, Honduras or elsewhere, our Milwaukee immigration attorneys would love to answer your questions about extending your TPS.
Call us at 414-383-6700 or get in touch with us online as soon as possible. We can help you through the sometimes confusing and time-consuming processes that immigrants must use to work with USCIS and DHS.