infoYesterday, USCIS announced on separate occasions that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua was extended for an additional 18 months from the time of their scheduled expiration dates respectively.  This was very good news for the citizens and nationals from those three countries.

Temporary Protected Status or TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua was originally designated due to the environmental disaster caused by the devastating Hurricane Mitch that persisted and prevented the countries from adequately handling the return of its nationals. There are currently about 3,000 Nicaraguans including stateless persons with the last habitual residence in Nicaragua and about 66,000 people from Honduras who are currently in TPS and might be eligible for this re-registration, according to USCIS.

TPS for El Salvador was originally designated after the earthquakes that devastated the country in 2001 and the status has been extended several times since.  This latest 18-month extension was announced by Arturo Valenzuela, US Assistant Secretary of State, yesterday, during his visit in El Salvador.  Currently, over 200,000 Salvadorans are in this protected status in the US under the program who would need to file for re-registration for the latest 18-month extension, if eligible.

It is important those eligible should check with USCIS or their own immigration attorneys regarding their eligibility to re-register and do not miss the re-registration time window to benefit from the extension.  If you wish to know more about this article or TPS in general or any other US immigration related matters, you can send in your questions to us directly to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the experienced immigration lawyers at Yu, South & Associates will respond to your inquiries personally and promptly, usually within 24 hours, if not sooner.

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