Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Nicaragua

TPS Extended Through:

January 5, 2018

Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:

May 16, 2016 – July 15, 2016

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:

January 5, 2017

Continuous Residence in U.S. Since:

December 30, 1998

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

January 5, 1999

TPS Designation Date:

January 5, 1999

Federal Register Notice Citation:


81 FR 30325


When to File for TPS

In order for you to maintain Temporary Protected Status (TPS), you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from May 16, 2016, through July 15, 2016. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period.

If you have never been granted TPS, you may be eligible to file a late initial application. Go to the “Filing Late” section on the TPS Web page for more information.

Where to File

Send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below:

If you:

Then mail your application to:

Are re-registering for TPS and you are using the U.S. Postal Service to mail your package;


Were granted TPS by an Immigration Judge (IJ) or the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), and you wish to request an EAD;


You are re-registering for the first time after an IJ or the BIA granted you TPS and you are using the U.S. Postal Service to mail your package.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Nicaragua
P.O. Box 4413
Chicago, IL 60680

Are registering late for a late initial filing and are using the U.S. Postal Service to mail your package

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS Nicaragua
P.O. Box 4413
Chicago, IL 60680

Are using a non-U.S. Postal Service delivery service to mail your package (for re-registrations AND late initial filings)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS - Nicaragua
131 S. Dearborn - 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517


Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

USCIS has automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the last extension of TPS for Nicaragua for an additional 6 months, through January 5, 2017. If you are a TPS beneficiary under the Nicaragua designation and your EAD is based on your TPS status with an original expiration date of July 5, 2016, your EAD is covered by this automatic extension.

To prove that you are authorized to continue working legally, you may show the following documentation to your employer and government agencies:

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a July 5, 2016 expiration date; and
  • A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension.

Your employer may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. Go to the Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility page for more information.

If USCIS approves your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or USCIS approved your fee waiver request), you will be issued an EAD with the expiration date of January 5, 2018.

Online Accounts

Beginning May 16, if you file a TPS application under Nicaragua’s designation, you will be able to create a USCIS online account to track and manage your case online. After you submit a Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, with an accompanying Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, and/or Form I-131, Application for Travel Document, you will receive a USCIS Account Acceptance Notice in the mail with instructions on how to create your USCIS online account. USCIS will continue processing your application even if you choose not to access your online account. USCIS will also continue to send you copies of notifications about your case by mail through the U.S. Postal Service.

Having a USCIS online account allows you to:

  • Check the status of your case;
  • Receive notifications and case updates;
  • Respond to requests for evidence; and
  • Manage your contact information online, including updating your address.

If you are an attorney or accredited representative, you can also create a USCIS online account, which will allow you to manage all of your clients’ TPS Nicaragua applications in one place.

Still need help?

Use the online help form to contact our Customer Contact Center if you need assistance with:

  • Technical issues with your USCIS online account;
  • Forgotten user ID or password reset for your USCIS online account; or
  • Information about your USCIS application.

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions, go to the TPS Web page.

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