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Could Venezuelans Gain TPS Eligibility?

The Trump Administration has been trying to put an end to Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for many countries including: El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal and Sudan. Upon legal challenges to TPS termination, the courts have delayed termination at least temporarily. The Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) generally has the authority to designate … Continue Reading

UPDATE: House Passes Bill on DACA, Unlikely To Be Taken up by Senate

We wrote yesterday on the U.S. Supreme Court declining to expedite review of DACA, as well as the recent and current legislative activity regarding the program. Later in the day on June 4th,  the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Dream and Promise Act which would grant permanent residence status and a path to citizenship … Continue Reading

Liberians in U.S. in Deferred Enforced Departure Status Get One More Year

President Donald Trump has extended the wind-down period for termination of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) status for beneficiaries from Liberia from March 31, 2019, to March 30, 2020. DED, like Temporary Protected Status (TPS), allows individuals from certain nations to remain in the United States, despite being otherwise removable, because of civil or political strife … Continue Reading

Agreement Delays Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and Nepal

Hondurans and Nepalis in the U.S. in Temporary Protected Status (TPS) just got a break. TPS for beneficiaries from Nepal was set to terminate on June 24, 2019. TPS for beneficiaries from Honduras was set to terminate on January 5, 2020. On March 12, 2019, the Administration entered into an agreement with the plaintiffs challenging … Continue Reading

Temporary Protected Status Extended to 2020 for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan

TPS employment authorization has been extended automatically until January 2, 2020, for beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. In October 2018, a preliminary injunction was issued in Ramos v. Nielsen, preventing implementation of the Administration’s decision to terminate TPS for the four countries.  At that time, DHS announced that if the injunction were … Continue Reading

USCIS Ends Humanitarian Parole Program for Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)

USCIS announced that, effective immediately, it is terminating yet another humanitarian parole program. This one is for individuals living in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). This move will affect, among others: Immediate relatives of U.S. citizens; Certain “stateless” individuals; Immediate relatives of CNMI permanent residents; and Certain in-home foreign worker caregivers of CNMI … Continue Reading

DHS Issues New Guidance on Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan

Following Judge Edward Chen’s preliminary injunction blocking the termination of TPS status for beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan, the DHS has issued guidance regarding its compliance with that Order. TPS status for beneficiaries from the four countries will continue so long as the preliminary injunction remains in effect. According to DHS, if … Continue Reading

Judge Halts Termination of Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan

California Federal Judge Edward M. Chen has issued a nationwide preliminary injunction in Ramos v. Nielsen, preventing the Administration from implementing its decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan, pending final resolution of the case. This may be particularly good news for Sudanese TPS beneficiaries whose status is scheduled … Continue Reading

DHS Closer to Issuing ‘Public Charge’ Rule

The DHS is getting closer to changing and hardening the standard for determining who is or might become a “public charge” for immigration purposes. The agency “pre-released” a new rule, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds,” that it plans to officially publish in the Federal Register soon in order to start the 60-day Notice and Comment … Continue Reading

Trump Administration Largely Phasing Out TPS, But Legal Challenges Are Ongoing

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) may be an endangered species.  Having terminated TPS for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone during the past year, the Trump Administration has turned its attention elsewhere.  There are currently ten remaining countries whose citizens are eligible for TPS.  Of those, six will be terminated over the next 18 months. The Trump … Continue Reading

Haitian TPS Update: USCIS Backlog Results in Automatic 6-Month Work Authorization Extensions

USCIS will be issuing Notices of Continued Evidence of Work Authorization for certain Haitian TPS beneficiaries who applied for new EADs, but still have not received them. In November 2017, DHS announced that Haitian Temporary Protected Status would terminate on July 22, 2019. At that time, individuals with TPS EADs that expired on January 22, … Continue Reading

Temporary Protected Status for Honduras to End in January 2020

In a not unexpected move, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen M. Nielsen, announced on May 4, 2018 that Temporary Protected Status would terminate for Honduras on January 5, 2020. This will give the approximately 60,000 Honduran TPS beneficiaries eighteen months to arrange for their departure or seek an alternative lawful immigration status.  The American … Continue Reading

Update on Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians will terminate on March 31, 2019. USCIS has now published filing instructions in the Federal Register for those Liberians affected who wish to extend their employment authorization through the DED termination date.  Employment authorization is automatically extended until September 30, 2018 for Liberian DED beneficiaries who have employment authorization documents … Continue Reading

Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians to End

Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Liberians, a humanitarian relief program similar to TPS (Temporary Protected Status), will terminate on March 31, 2019 according to a formal memo released by President Donald Trump. Liberian DED was set to expire on March 31, 2018. President Trump announced that there will be twelve-month wind down period to ease the transition … Continue Reading

New Tool to Help You Determine TPS Work Authorization

The Trump Administration has announced the upcoming termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan and the temporary extension of TPS status for Honduras, Nepal, Somalia, South Sudan, Syria and Yemen. With each termination or extension, the Administration also publishes information on how the effected TPS beneficiaries may extend their … Continue Reading

NAACP Suit: Ending Temporary Protected Status for Haiti Is Discriminatory

The NAACP has filed a suit in federal district court in Maryland alleging that ending Temporary Protected Status for Haiti was racially discriminatory and part of a plan to reduce immigrants of color to the U.S. (Nat’l Ass’n for the Advancement of Colored People v. Dep’t of Homeland Sec., D. Md., No. 1:18-cv-00239, complaint filed … Continue Reading

DHS Issues Re-registration Information for Salvadorans in Temporary Protected Status

Following the official Federal Register notice of the termination and re-registration period for Haitian TPS beneficiaries, DHS also has published the notice of termination and re-registration period for El Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries. Haitian TPS beneficiaries will terminate on July 22, 2019. The 60-day re-registration period will run from January 18, 2018, to March 19, 2018.  … Continue Reading

Haitian Temporary Protected Status Re-registration To Begin

The long-awaited announcement of the 60-day re-registration period for Haitian TPS beneficiaries is about to be published in the Federal Register on January 18, 2018. The re-registration period will begin immediately upon publication. The Acting Secretary of DHS announced on November 11, 2017, that TPS for Haitians, previously set to expire on January 22, 2018, … Continue Reading

Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans in U.S. to End in 2019

Ending all speculation, the Secretary of Homeland Security has announced the end of temporary protected status (TPS) for approximately 200,000 Salvadorans who have been in the United States since 2001, following two earthquakes in El Salvador. The termination will be delayed for 18 months, until September 9, 2019, to allow for “an orderly transition.” This … Continue Reading

Haitian TPS Program Will End in July 2019

Six months after then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly announced the extension of Haitian Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for only six months (until January 2018, when he would reevaluate the determination), Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke announced her decision to terminate the designation with a delayed effective date of 18 months.  She said … Continue Reading

Insights: Responding to Temporary Protected Status Extensions and Terminations

Having terminated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone in May 2017 and having announced the limited extension of TPS for Haiti and Sudan until January and November 2018, respectively, the Trump Administration has turned its attention to Central America. Approximately 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua are protected from … Continue Reading

Official Notice: TPS for Sudan to Terminate on November 2, 2018

DHS published the official announcement in the Federal Register terminating TPS for Sudan as of November 2, 2018. Information on how to re-register for TPS and extend EADs until the termination date can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/10/11/2017-22074/termination-of-the-designation-of-sudan-for-temporary-protected-status. Individuals whose current EADs expire before November 2, 2018 and who wish to extend to that date should … Continue Reading

Insights: Options for Haitians in TPS

In May, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for Haitians was extended for six months, until January 22, 2018. Generally extended in 18-month intervals, then-Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly had extended the Haitian TPS for six months only because “Haiti has made progress across several fronts since the devastating earthquake . . . [and] … Continue Reading
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