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TPS Updates

By Peek & Toland on May 18, 2019

A bill recently introduced in the House of Representatives may give new hope to both immigrants under Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Dreamers, or DACA recipients. The American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 would allow over two million TPS holders and Dreamers adjust their status by obtaining legal permanent residency, or green cards. The bill also makes similar provisions for Liberians with Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), another group who has work authorization and some protections from deportation but who have no legal immigrant status.

Groups of immigrants from four different countries now have seen their TPS status extend to at least January 2, 2020. TPS holders from Haiti, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Sudan have received this extension due to ongoing federal court litigation and rulings in Ramos v. Nielsen. Additional litigation in Bhattarai v. Nielsen also has prompted DHS to extend TPS status to January 5, 2020, for immigrants from Honduras and Nepal.

TPS Updates

In April, TPS holders from South Sudan also received an 18-month extension of their status. Natives of three other countries – Somalia, Syria, and Yemen – are still awaiting their fates. The federal government formally ended the Liberians with DED program on March 31, 2018, but instead gave the recipients a one-year wind-down period. As a result, DED status for Liberians was set to expire on March 31, 2019, but the Trump administration extended their status until March 30, 2020. DED recipients also will have work authorization during this extension. Liberians with DED status have been residing in the U.S. at least since 2002.

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DHS Grants Temporary Extension of TPS for Four Countries

By Peek & Toland on January 22, 2019

Based on a preliminary injunction issued in Ramos v. Nielsen, a pending federal court case, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended temporary protected status (TPS) for four countries: Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador. Consistent with the court order, DHS has published its plan for compliance in the Federal Register.

Sudanese TPS holders originally were scheduled for their TPS to expire on November 3, 2018, and that of Nicaraguan TPS holders was set to expire on January 5, 2019. DHS automatically has extended TPS status for individuals from both of these countries until April 2, 2019.

DHS Grants Temporary Extension of TPS for Four Countries

DHS has not yet issued a further extension for TPS holders from either Haiti or El Salvador, as those TPS designations are not set to expire until July 22, 2019 and September 9, 2019, respectively. However, DHS indicated that it would issue further guidance as needed pending the duration of the litigation. So long as the preliminary injunction in the court case remains in place, DHS stated that it will continue to automatically extend TPS for all four countries as needed. The next time that it will address the issue, assuming that the litigation is still pending, is approximately 30 days prior to August 2, 2019, or the current extended deadline for Sudanese and Nicaraguan TPS holders.

TPS holders do not need to take any further action at this time to re-register or pay any fees. There is, however, the possibility of late re-registration for those individuals who may have not re-registered due in whole or in part to the termination notices that they received or the extension of TPS for Haiti.

DHS also has made it clear that if the preliminary injunction in the pending litigation is lifted, TPS will terminate for individuals from these countries 120 days following the date of the court order lifting the injunction, or the date that expiration of TPS already is scheduled to occur, whichever is later.

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