The US Citizenship and Immigration Services, on December 15, 2017, issued two separate statements opening the time period for interested Hondurans and Nicaraguans to re-register between December 15, 2017 to February 13, 2017 in order to maintain their legal status until their Temporary Protected Status (TPS) programs both expire on January 5, 2019. The procedures on how to re-register and renew employment authorization documentation have been published in the Federal Register and USCIS website.
The Trump Administration announced on November 6, 2017 that it will be ending the TPS programs of Honduras and Nicaragua and urged its citizens in the U.S. to voluntarily repatriate themselves to their home countries before the January 5, 2019 deadline or the day their programs end. TPS is designated by the Department of Homeland Security when conditions in a country temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately. Such conditions may involve ongoing armed conflict (i.e. civil war), environmental disaster (i.e. earthquake, hurricane, or epidemic), or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. Eligible individuals under TPS are not removable from the U.S., can obtain employment authorization document, and be granted travel authorization.