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Honduras TPS And Nicaragua TPS: Are You Eligible For A Green Card?

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Current Honduras TPS And Nicaragua TPS Information

Honduras
Most Recent Registration Period: December 15, 2017 to February 13, 2018
Current Expiration Date: July 5, 2018

Nicaragua
Most Recent Registration Period: December 15, 2017 to February 13, 2018
TERMINATION Date: January 5, 2019

Temporary Protected Status has been extended once more for Honduras, but only until July 2018, when the government will announce whether it intends to terminate TPS benefits for Hondurans. The termination for Nicaragua TPS has already been set for January 5, 2019.

History Of TPS For Honduras And Nicaragua

The original TPS designation for Honduras as well as for Nicaragua took place on January 5, 1999.

The government’s designation was aimed at helping Hondurans and Nicaraguans recover from the effects of Hurricane Mitch.

Although Hurricane Mitch took place in 1998, its’ devastating effects remained for many years afterwards. As a result, following the original designation, both nations received several 18-month extensions.

Before extensions were granted, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State would review the present situation in these countries. After such reviews, immigrants would be allowed to re-register for TPS status if the conditions in their home countries were still deemed unsafe to return.

To qualify for TPS status, applicants had to prove:

  • They were a Honduran or Nicaraguan national (or a person without nationality who last resided in Honduras or Nicaragua)
  • They were physically present in the U.S. since January 5, 1999, the date when TPS status was created for Honduras and Nicaragua
  • They had continuously resided in the U.S. since December 30, 1998
  • They met all immigration and TPS requirements, and had to pass a background inspection.

Although Hurricane Mitch took place in 1998, its’ devastating effects remained for many years afterwards. As a result, following the original designation, both nations received several 18-month extensions.

Before extensions were granted, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State would review the present situation in these countries. After such reviews, immigrants would be allowed to re-register for TPS status if the conditions in their home countries were still deemed unsafe to return.

Temporary Protected Status Overview

Temporary Protected Status, a special humanitarian immigration program, was created in 1990. The purpose is to provide immigrants with a temporary safe harbor while they are not capable of returning safely to their country of origin as a result of an environmental disaster, war, or other temporary severe conditions.

As noted above, the period of authorization does not exceed 18 months. In general, about three months before the TPS designation ends, the government announces whether it will continue to extend the period of temporary protected status another 18 months.

If TPS is extended, TPS privileges and work authorization benefits remain in place if beneficiaries re-register within the appropriate period and still meet all applicable requirements.

Under the Trump Administration’s recent announcement, TPS benefits for Nicaragua will terminate on January 5, 2019.

Honduras TPS is set to expire on July 5, 2018.

It is unknown whether, at that time, the government will set a termination date allowing Honduran TPS recipients time to prepare for departure back to their home countries – similar to the situation now faced by Nicaraguans.

One benefit of being classified as a TPS recipient was the halting of deportation and removal proceedings for those who had been placed in immigration court proceedings. It is possible that the government may seek to reopen such cases.

If You’re From Honduras And Nicaragua, What Should You Do Now?

Late Registration for Honduras TPS or Nicaragua TPS was formerly possible.

Despite the gloomy circumstances facing immigrants from Honduras and Nicaragua previously granted TPS status, now is not the time to simply give up and start packing your bags.

The majority of Hondurans and Nicaraguans previously granted TPS benefits have lived in the U.S. a long, long time, dating back to 1999.

Many now have strong community, work, and family roots. Some have purchased homes and are paying for their children’s college educations.

This means that the potential for positive immigration relief from deportation and family separation – and winning permanent residence relief – exists . . . but only if you start planning ahead today.

DO NOT DELAY!

In my role as a San Bernardino immigration lawyer, I strongly recommend not waiting until the last moment to figure out your options.

If you delay, you could lose your chance to win a green card and become a permanent resident of the United States.

The next few months will not be an easy period for you and your family. The government will likely put up strict roadblocks to prevent you from legalizing your immigration status.

This is not a venture you should undertake without the assistance of a qualified and experienced TPS immigration attorney.

Do not take unnecessary chances and risks.

Schedule a personalized planning and strategy session with our office today.

We’ll assess your chances for victory, despite the end of the Temporary Protected Status program for your home country.

If you decide to go forward, we’re here to help you.

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