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.
This one makes us so happy. Reina Mercado is a catracha (native of Honduras) who arrived to the U.S. undocumented in the early 90s. Following the destruction wrought by Hurricane Mitch in October 1998, the Attorney General designated Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Hondurans on January 5, 1999 and Reina was eligible for it. The government may designate a country for TPS when there is a catastrophic situation in that country, such as war or natural disasters, that makes it inhumane to remove individuals to that country at that time.
Our client of the month for September 2016 is Flora Estrada Amador, a hard-working, kind-hearted woman from Honduras who waited over 20 years to become a permanent resident (“green card” holder) of the United States. Flora first came to the United States in the mid-90s as an A-3 personal employee of a diplomat. She then received Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for Hondurans in 1999 and left her position with the diplomatic family.
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday August 1 that it would re-designate Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through March 2018. When a country is designated for TPS, nationals of that country and non-nationals whose last place of residence was the designated country are eligible to apply for temporary protected status. What this means is that Syrian immigrants and refugees already present in the United States who are granted TPS for Syrians are not removable from the United States based on their immigration status, can obtain an employment authorization, and may be granted travel authorization.
As bombs continue to drop over Sana’a and other parts of Yemen, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for the Republic of Yemen for a period of 18 months effective from September 3, 2015 through March 3, 2017. DHS has taken this important humanitarian step to prevent unnecessary harm from befalling certain Yemeni nationals currently in the United States. DHS may renew the designation at the conclusion of the 18 month period.