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 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador, pending further resolution of the case. 

For additional information, please see the Nov. 4, 2019 Federal Register Notice, specific TPS country pages available on the USCIS website, and the Update on Ramos v. Nielsen page on the USCIS website.

TPS Continues Through: As long as preliminary injunction ordered by court in Ramos, et al v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (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, provided that they properly re-registered for TPS during the following registration periods for their country.

Dec. 15, 2017, through Feb. 13, 2018

May 16, 2016, through July 15, 2016

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through:

Jan. 4, 2021

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

83 FR 54764

84 FR 7103

84 FRN 59403

When to File for TPS

To maintain TPS, you must have either filed to re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that ran from May 16, 2016, through July 15, 2016, and the period that ran 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 this timeframe, you may submit a late re-registration application, including a letter that explains your reason(s) for filing late with your application. USCIS will determine whether your reasons are “good cause” for being late, as required under the TPS law.

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;

or

Were granted TPS by an immigration judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals and you wish to request an EAD;

or

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

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

USCIS is automatically extending through Jan. 4, 2021, the validity of EADs with the category codes “A-12” or “C-19” and one of the expiration dates shown below that we issued under the TPS designation of Nicaragua to individuals who continue to maintain TPS eligibility:

01/05/2018
01/05/2019
04/02/2019
01/02/2020

TPS Nicaragua beneficiaries who applied for a new EAD but have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by this automatic extension, provided that the EAD contains one of the expiration dates noted in the chart above. Such individuals may show their EAD and the Federal Register Notice (PDF (PDF)) to employers to demonstrate that their EAD and employment authorization have been extended through Jan. 4, 2021. 

Additionally, USCIS is automatically extending through Jan. 4, 2021, the validity periods of the following Forms I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, and Forms I-797, Notice of Action (Approval Notice), previously issued to eligible beneficiaries granted TPS under the designation of Nicaragua:

Beginning date of validity:  End date of validity: Now valid until:
July 6, 2016 Jan. 5, 2018 Jan.4, 2021
Jan. 6, 2018 Jan. 5, 2019 Jan.4, 2021

However, the extension of the validity periods above applies only if the eligible TPS beneficiary properly filed for TPS re-registration during at least one of the most recent DHS-announced registration periods for TPS Nicaragua that ran from Dec. 15, 2017, through Feb. 13, 2018, or the previous re-registration period from May 16 through July 15, 2016, or has a re-registration application that remains pending. The extension does not apply if the TPS of any such individual has been finally withdrawn.

Current beneficiaries of TPS Nicaragua do not need to pay a fee or file any application, including Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to maintain their TPS benefits through Jan. 4, 2021, if they have properly re-registered for TPS during the most recent DHS-announced registration period.

TPS beneficiaries who have failed to re-register properly for TPS during either of these re-registration periods 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 ground for TPS withdrawal);
  • 8 CFR 244.17(b); and
  • Instructions to Form I–821

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 impacted 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 for Nicaragua who either does not possess an EAD that is automatically extended, or wishes to apply for a new EAD may file Form I–765 with appropriate fee (or fee waiver request).  If approved, USCIS will issue an EAD with a Jan. 4, 2021, expiration date. Similarly, USCIS will issue an EAD with a Jan. 4, 2021, expiration date for those with pending EAD applications that are ultimately approved.

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).

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 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.

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