Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Nicaragua

ALERT: On Oct. 3, 2018, in Ramos, et al v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) (PDF, 458 KB), the United States District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Haiti, El Salvador, and Nicaragua, pending further resolution of the case. Additional guidance with respect to evidence regarding TPS status and employment authorization is forthcoming.


TPS To Terminate On:

Jan. 5, 2019

Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:

Dec. 15, 2017, through Feb. 13, 2018 

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:

March 6, 2018 

Additionally, the EADs of TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register (Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status)

and file a request for a new EAD (Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization) will be automatically extended through July 4, 2018. 

Continuous Residence in U.S. Since:

Dec. 30, 1998

Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:

Jan. 5, 1999

TPS Designation Date:

Jan. 5, 1999

Federal Register Notice Citation:


 82 FR 59636


When to File for TPS

If you currently have TPS for Nicaragua and would like to keep your TPS status, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Dec. 15, 2017, through Feb. 13, 2018. We encourage you to register as soon as possible after the 60-day re-registration period opens.

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, DHS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire on Jan. 5, 2018. Accordingly, DHS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Nicaragua for 60 days, through March 6, 2018. Additionally, if a Nicaraguan TPS beneficiary timely re-registers and properly files an application for an EAD, then the validity of his or her EAD will be automatically extended by regulation for up to 180 days from the date the current EAD expires, through July 4, 2018. See 8 CFR §274a.13(d)(1).  We encourage TPS beneficiaries to file their EAD applications as early as possible during the 60-day re-registration period to avoid lapses in documentation of employment authorization.

New Employment Authorization Document

If USCIS approves a TPS re-registration application and receives the fee for a new EAD (or USCIS approved a fee-waiver request), USCIS will issue a new EAD with the expiration date of Jan. 5, 2019.

Where to File

If you are filing for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS or for re-registration of TPS, please follow instructions below. E-filing is not currently available for TPS for Nicaragua. You must send your TPS package by mail or courier 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 or the Board of Immigration Appeals and you wish to request an EAD;


You are re-registering for the first time after an immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals 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 using a non-U.S. Postal Service delivery service to mail your package (for re-registrations)

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

TPS Program Information

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions on submitting a re-registration or initial TPS application package, go to the TPS webpage.

Other Immigration Options

You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.

To apply for a lawful permanent status (Green Card), you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS status until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the one year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS status “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States, if the one-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).

Avoid Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice web page.

We don’t want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.


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