Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Nicaragua
|TPS Continues Through:||As long as preliminary injunction ordered by court in Ramos et al. v. Nielsen, 336 F.Supp.3d 1075(N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) remains in effect.|
|Re-registration Period for People Who Already Have TPS:||
Current beneficiaries under the TPS designation for Nicaragua do not need to re-register to maintain TPS if they properly re-registered for TPS during 1 of the following registration periods for Nicaragua:.
|Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:||June 30, 2024|
|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:|
When to File for TPS
To maintain TPS, you must have filed to re-register during 1 of the 60-day re-registration periods that ran from May 16 through July 15, 2016, and from Dec. 15, 2017, through Feb. 13, 2018, and been approved, or have an application that remains pending. If you did not re-register during either of these time frames, you may submit a late re-registration application, including a letter that explains your reason(s) for filing late with your application. We will determine whether your reasons are “good cause” for being late, as required by TPS law.
Where to File
If you are applying for TPS Nicaragua, you may file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, online. When filing an initial TPS application or re-registering for TPS, you can also request an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) by submitting a completed Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, online with your Form I-821.
If you are filing a paper application for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS, send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below:
If you send your paper applications via:
Then, mail your application to:
U.S. Postal Service USPS:
FedEx, UPS, or DHL deliveries:
Attn: TPS Nicaragua (Box 4413)
131 S. Dearborn St., 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517
Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension
We are automatically extending through June 30, 2024, the validity of EADs with the category codes “A-12” or “C-19” and the expiration dates shown below that we issued to beneficiaries under the TPS designation of Nicaragua who continue to maintain TPS eligibility:
|EAD expiration date:||Now valid until:|
|Jan. 5, 2018||June 30, 2024|
|Jan. 5, 2019||June 30, 2024|
|April 2, 2019||June 30, 2024|
|Jan. 2, 2020||June 30, 2024|
|Jan. 4, 2021||June 30, 2024|
|Oct. 4, 2021||June 30, 2024|
|Dec. 31, 2022||June 30, 2024|
TPS Nicaragua beneficiaries who applied for a new EAD but have not yet received it are also covered by this automatic extension, as long as the EAD that you have contains 1 of the expiration dates noted in the chart above. When you present your automatically extended EAD to your employer, you may refer them to this Federal Register Notice that shows that we have extended your EAD and employment authorization through June 30, 2024.
In addition to EADs, we are automatically extending through June 30, 2024, the validity periods of the following Forms I-94, Arrival and Departure Records, and Forms I-797, Notice of Action (Approval Notice) previously issued to eligible beneficiaries granted TPS under the designation of Nicaragua:
|Beginning date of validity¹:||End date of validity:||Now valid until:|
|July 6, 2016||Jan. 5, 2018||June 30, 2024|
|Jan. 6, 2018||Jan. 5, 2019||June 30, 2024|
|Jan. 6, 2019||Oct. 4, 2021||June 30, 2024|
|Oct. 5, 2021||Dec. 31, 2022||June 30, 2024|
¹ Your Forms I-94 and I-797 may show a different beginning date of validity than those listed here if you were a late initial filer (LIF) at the time because the forms would have the date of approval of your LIF application for TPS. As long as they bear an end date of validity listed in this chart, then they are automatically extended by this notice.
However, the extension of the validity periods above applies only if you properly filed for TPS re-registration during the most recent DHS-announced registration period for TPS Nicaragua or have a re-registration application that remains pending. In addition, the extension does not apply if your TPS has been finally withdrawn or denied. The FRN does not extend the validity date of any TPS-related Form I-94 or Form I-797 issued to a TPS beneficiary who failed to file for TPS re-registration or whose re-registration request has been finally denied.
If you failed to re-register properly for TPS during either of these re-registration periods, you should file Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, and demonstrate “good cause” for failing to re-register on time, as required by law. For more information, see:
- INA section 244(c)(3)(C) (TPS beneficiary’s failure to register without good cause in form and manner specified by DHS is grounds for TPS withdrawal);
- 8 CFR 244.17(b); and
- Instructions to Form I–821 (PDF, 324.64 KB).
If you are filing a late re-registration application, please provide a letter explaining all of your reasons for filing outside of the re-registration period. If you filed after the re-registration period because of the DHS announcement of the termination of TPS for your country, please explain how that announcement affected you, including how the termination decisions affected your failure to re-register. However, if the announcement of the TPS termination did not cause you to file late, you should not include it as a reason. Please remember to be truthful in explaining your reasons.
Any eligible beneficiary under the TPS designation of Nicaragua who either does not possess an EAD that is automatically extended or who wishes to apply for a new EAD may file Form I-765 with appropriate fee (or fee waiver request). The beneficiary may request a fee waiver by completing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver. If we approve your application, we will issue an EAD with a June 30, 2024, expiration date. Similarly, we will issue an EAD with a June 30, 2024, expiration date for those with pending EAD applications that we ultimately approve.
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 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 “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).
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 do not 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.
- I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status
- I-765, Application for Employment Authorization
- I-131, Application for Travel Document
- I-912,Request for Fee Waiver
- I-601, Application for Waiver of Ground of Inadmissibility
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