On December 13, 2023, consistent with its September announcement, the Department of Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice reiterating the extensions of the periods to re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under the existing designations of El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan. As previously announced, the re-registration period for each country is changing from 60 days to the full length of each country's current TPS designation extension.
The 18-month re-registration period for current TPS beneficiaries under the designation of:
· El Salvador is currently open and now runs through March 9, 2025;
· Haiti is currently open and now runs through Aug. 3, 2024;
· Honduras is currently open and runs through July 5, 2025;
· Nepal is currently open and runs through June 24, 2025;
· Nicaragua is currently open and runs through July 5, 2025; and
· Sudan is currently open and now runs through April 19, 2025.
Extending re-registration allows current TPS beneficiaries to submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, at any time during the full extensions of the TPS designations of these six countries. They also may submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to obtain an Employment Authorization Document, if desired, during the full extension period. 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. This re-registration extension is solely for TPS beneficiaries who properly filed for TPS during a previous registration period.
The Re-registration periods under these TPS designations were initially set at 60 days; however, DHS reevaluated the length of the re-registration period due to the unique circumstances surrounding these designations. On September 08, 2023, DHS announced the extension of the re-registration periods for these six TPS designations to the full length of the TPS designation extension.
Limiting the re-registration period to 60 days for these particular beneficiaries might place a burden on applicants who cannot timely file, but who otherwise would be eligible to re-register for TPS. In particular, ongoing litigation resulted in overlapping periods of TPS validity that were announced in several Federal Register notices, which may confuse some current beneficiaries. This notice allows beneficiaries of these countries who have not been required to re-register for TPS for the past few years due to litigation to re-register through the entire designation extension period.
The Federal Register notice does not change the previously announced extensions of the TPS designations for these six countries. It does not change the eligibility requirements or add any newly eligible beneficiaries. It simply extends the period when existing beneficiaries may re-register for their benefits.
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