Information about the extension of the Temporary Protected Status for Honduras

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  • The government of the United States of America decided to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) until October 2021, for 44,000 Hondurans residing in the United States.

    For more information on the Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Honduras

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    What is TPS Temporary Protected Status?

    TPS (for its acronym in English) is a temporary immigration status granted by the United States Government to eligible persons from a certain country (or persons without nationality whose last residence has been in that country), designated under the Immigration Law and Nationality (INA). In the period during which the Secretary of Homeland Security designates a country with TPS, beneficiaries can remain in the United States legally, and obtain an employment authorization as long as they comply with the terms and conditions of the same.

    It should be noted that TPS does not lead to permanent residence. The moment the Secretary terminates the TPS designation of a country, the beneficiaries return to the immigration status they had before TPS, or to any other status that they may have obtained during the time of protection under TPS.

    In the specific case of Honduras, the country was favored with TPS on January 5, 1999 after the disaster caused by Hurricane Mitch at the end of 1998, since among the causes for a country to be eligible for such benefit, They are: the occurrence of ongoing armed conflicts that made it impossible for their nationals to return safely to the United States, and the existence of extraordinary phenomena that caused significant damage to the country.

    When to apply for TPS?

    If you did not re-enroll during one of the following re-enrollment periods that ran from May 16, 2016 to July 15, 2016, December 15, 2017 to February 13, 2018, or June 5, 2018 through June 6, August 2018, you can submit a late re-enrollment application that includes a letter explaining the reason for submitting your delay. We will determine if your reasons are “good cause” for filing late, as required by TPS law.

    Chronology of the TPS granted in favor of Honduras and its subsequent extensions:

    From the application, approval, validity and re-registration period to the thirteenth extension to the TPS

    Procedures and forms in the context of the thirteenth extension to TPS

    1. For re-enrollment in TPS: Form I-821, or “Application for Temporary Protection Status,” must be filled out, without a fee; which can be downloaded at the following hyperlink: https://www.uscis.gov/es/i-821
    2. Application for Employment Authorization on re-registration in TPS: Form I-765 must be completed. $ 380.00 fee (with money order); which can be downloaded at the following hyperlink: https://www.uscis.gov/i-765
    3. Payment for Biometric Services: $ 85.00 fee. (with money order)
    4. Cases of payment exemption: In case the applicant proves that he does not have the resources to pay the application fee for employment authorization (payment for biometric services is not exempt), he must fill out the exemption form I- 912; which can be downloaded at the following hyperlink: https://www.uscis.gov/es/i-912

    Additional notes on procedures and forms:

    Where can I get the forms?

    The forms can be obtained in four ways:

    Payment mechanism for biometric forms and services

    Payments must be credited through Money Orders issued in favor of “US Department of Homeland Security”, or by credit or debit card if the applicant has an account in the USCIS E-filing system for the processing of formal applications. electronic:
    Said payments will be made in accordance with the following table:

    By re-registration using Form i-821 $0.00 (Only in case of late registration, or for the 1st time, $ 50.00 will be paid)
    By Request for Employment Authorization through Form i-765 $380.00
    By Biometric Services $85.00
    Total $465.00

    Additional notes on payment via money orders:

    Addresses for submitting forms

    Sending forms and associated documents (by postal service) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Attn: TPS Honduras
    P.O. Box 6943
    Chicago, IL 60680-6943
    Late registration for the first time (via postal service) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Attn: TPS Honduras
    P.O. Box 6943
    Chicago, IL 60680-6943
    Sending forms and associated documents, without using postal service (via FedEX, UPS, etc.) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
    Attn: TPS Honduras
    P.O. Box 6943
    Chicago, IL 60680-6943
    Sending electronic forms (Applies only to applicants who do not have to send additional documentation) In this case, the applicant must have an account in the USCIS E-filing system to process applications electronically. 
    For more information see https://www.uscis.gov/es/presentacion-de-solicitudes-en-linea/formularios-disponibles-para-la-presentacion-en-linea

    Address change cases

    Cases of late registration (only if it is the first time that the interested party requests to benefit from TPS)

    Those Hondurans who did not register for TPS on the previous occasions will have the opportunity to do so and receive its benefits, only if they meet the following requirements:

    Basic requirements:

    Suggested Documents to Submit for a Late Enrollment

    Extension of employment permits (EAD)

    Answers to frequently asked questions

    The USCIS website has a section of frequently asked questions on the subject of expanding the TPS granted to our Country. Although it is true this section is not yet updated with the specific data on the twelfth extension to the TPS, it contains a series of valuable information applicable today, within which we highlight the following questions and answers:

    Can I re-enroll electronically through the Internet?

    If you re-register for TPS during the re-registration period and do not need to submit additional documentation, you can submit your application electronically. Please visit the TPS page of the USCIS website to determine if you need to submit additional documents with your application package. If you have to submit additional documentation, you are not eligible to submit your application electronically.
    For information on filing electronically, visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov/e-filing or E-filing for TPS.

    What if I have an appointment at the ASC (Application Assistance Center) but can’t make it?

    If you do not show up for your ASC appointment, your case will be denied for abandonment until you submit an address change notice or rescheduling request prior to your appointment. USCIS has to verify that your rescheduling for the appointment is valid.

    How can I change my ASC appointment for taking biometric data?

    To request a date change for your ASC appointment, send the original copy of your appointment with the date change to the ASC address on the notice. Be sure to make a copy of your original notice and keep it for your records. Another notice will be sent to you with a new date. Please note that changing your biometrics appointment could result in a delay in the resolution of your case.

    How can I change my ASC appointment for taking biometric data?

    To request a date change for your ASC appointment, send the original copy of your appointment with the date change to the ASC address on the notice. Be sure to make a copy of your original notice and keep it for your records. Another notice will be sent to you with a new date. Please note that changing your biometrics appointment could result in a delay in the resolution of your case.

    What documents should I bring to my appointment at the ASC?

    When you are informed about your appointment at the ASC, you should bring the following documents:

    Will Hondurans protected by TPS be able to travel to their home countries during the TPS extension?

    USCIS reserves the discretion to grant permits to travel abroad. You must apply for and obtain advance permission before traveling outside of the United States in order to avoid losing your TPS status and to facilitate your re-entry.

    Can I use TPS as a basis for obtaining permanent resident status?

    No. TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status by itself or confer any other immigration status.

    Can I apply for another immigration status while I am registered for TPS?

    Yes. Registration for TPS does not prevent you from applying for nonimmigrant status, applying for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition, or applying for any other immigration benefits or protection for which you may be eligible. For purposes of change and adjustment of status, an alien must be in and maintain lawful nonimmigrant status for the period established when TPS is granted. However, if a foreigner has ever been in the country without any legal immigration status before or after TPS protection, the period (s) of unlawful presence may negatively affect their chances of adjusting their status to resident. permanent or other immigration benefits, depending on the circumstances of the particular case. In some cases,the alien may be eligible for an exemption from the inadmissibility criteria derived from unlawful presence when applying to adjust status to permanent resident or some other immigration status.

    What happens if an immigration judge or BIA grants me TPS?

    If you were granted TPS by an immigration judge or BIA, you must show proof of the TPS grant (for example, the final decision of the immigration judge or BIA) when you apply for TPS benefits (for example, an EAD or a travel permit). You will also need to submit a copy of the I-821 form that the immigration judge or BIA approved.

    Consultation sites

    The official consultation sites on the re-registration process in the twelfth extension of the TPS in favor of Honduras are the following:

    USCIS website https://www.uscis.gov/es

    USCIS Phones

    Website Embassy of Honduras, Washington DC https://hondurasembusa.org/

    Embassy emails for TPS inquiries:

    Avoid Immigration Scams

    Please be aware that some unauthorized people may try to take advantage of you by telling you that they can file TPS forms. These same people may ask you to pay them for filing these forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to get accurate and legitimate legal help and assistance. You can find a list of accredited providers and free or low-cost legal assistance on our Find Legal Services page   of our website.

    We do not want you to become the victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal help on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to do so. Only an attorney or authorized representative who works for an organization recognized by the Department of Justice can give you legal help. Visit the Avoid Immigration Scams website for information and resources.

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