The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending from 60 days to 18 months the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua and Sudan.
The 18-month re-registration period under the designation of:
-El Salvador now runs through March 9, 2025;
-Haiti now runs through Aug. 3, 2024;
-Honduras now runs through July 5, 2025;
-Nepal now runs through June 24, 2025;
-Nicaragua now runs through July 5, 2025; and
-Sudan now runs through April 19, 2025.
This re-registration extension will allow TPS beneficiaries to submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, at any time during the 18-month extensions of the TPS designations of these six countries.
TPS beneficiaries under the El Salvador designation may continue to re-register after the Sept. 10, 2023, expiration date noted in the June 21, 2023, Federal Register notice.
TPS beneficiaries under the Haiti designation may continue to re-register after the March 27, 2023, expiration date noted in the Jan. 26, 2023, Federal Register notice.
TPS beneficiaries under the Sudan designation may continue to re-register after the Oct. 20, 2023, expiration date noted in the Aug. 21, 2023, Federal Register notice.
They will publish a Federal Register notice for this re-registration extension soon.
Note that this announcement does not change the previously announced extensions of the TPS designations for these six countries, and it does not change the eligibility requirements. It extends the period when existing beneficiaries may re-register for their benefits.
General Immigration Updates
The Biden administration has canceled the Trump version of the public charge rule as of March 2021. This means applicants will no longer have to be concerned about certain public benefits preventing them from getting their green cards.
Receiving free testing of Covid-19 will NOT make you a public charge. If it is medically advisable for you to be tested for Coronavirus, free testing will not impact your immigration case.
Similarly, receiving a government stimulus check as a result of the CARES Act will not make you a public charge.
If you are unsure of how your immigration status could be affected by using public benefits, make an appointment for a consultation or check out what benefits impact immigration here.
Know Your Rights
Everyone who lives in the U.S. is given certain rights, like the rights to freedom of speech and freedom to practice your religion. These rights apply to everyone, regardless of their immigration status. These guidelines from the Immigrant Legal Rights Council provide practical steps for what to do if you or someone you know has an encounter with agents from ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). We recommend that you print this document and keep it with you to reference if necessary.
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