April 3, 2013 – Washington
Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS),
today announced an eighteen (18) month extension
of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nicaragua,
beginning July 6, 2013, and ending on January 5, 2015. U.S.
Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCSIS) have created a 60-day
re-registration period running from April 3, 2013, through June 3, 2013, for
current Nicaraguan beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status by applying
for a new employment authorization document (EAD) with an expiration date of
January 5, 2015. Some re-registrants may
not receive their new EADs until after their current EAD expires, therefore,
USCIS is automatically extending current TPS Nicaragua EADs that have a July 5,
2013 expiration date, for an additional six months with a new expiration date
of January 5, 2014.
Current TPS beneficiaries must
complete and submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and
Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, in order to be eligible
for the extended Temporary Protected Status.
Re-registrants are not required to pay the Form I-821 application fee,
but are required to submit the biometric services fee, or a fee waiver request,
if they are fourteen (14) years or older.
Applicants are also required to submit the Form I-765 application fee,
or file for a fee waiver request. The
Form I-821 and Form I-765 can be downloaded for free at the USCIS website, or the applicant may call USCIS
toll-free at 1.800.870.3676 for a free TPS form.
For additional information on TPS
for Nicaragua, including guidance on the application process and eligibility,
check the USCIS TPS website or call Form
I-9 Compliance, LLC,
toll-free at 1.866.359.4949 to speak with our subject-matter experts.
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