The Department of Homeland Security announced today that it has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for citizens of Honduras for a period of six months. TPS has been extended from January 5, 2018 until July 4, 2018.
This is the latest development in the situation for TPS holders from Honduras, who have held TPS since 1999. Last month, the Department of State concluded that conditions in Honduras no longer required the protection of TPS. Nonetheless, the Department of Homeland Security, which has the power to continue or cancel TPS, did not act to terminate TPS immediately, but rather stated that it would extend TPS for six months for DHS to make a final decision whether to terminate TPS for Honduras or extend.
Individuals from Honduras holding TPS must re-register for TPS benefits and apply for employment authorization between December 15, 2018 and February 13, 2018. Employment authorization documents for Hondurans with TPS, however, is automatically extended until July 4, 2018.
This spring, the Department of Homeland Security must make a decision whether to extend or terminate TPS for the citizens of Honduras. In light of the decision of the Department of State and the previous decisions by DHS to end TPS for citizens of Haiti and Nicaragua, there is reason to believe that DHS may terminate TPS for the citizens of Honduras.
There are potential avenues for permanent status in the U.S. for many TPS holders from Honduras. If you would like to discuss your options, please contact us at 202-644-8600. We are always happy to see you.