Termination Effective October
24, 2004; Effective Date of Redesignation Remains October 1, 2004
– U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced a correction
to a notice that was published in the Federal Register on August 25, 2004 at 69
FR 52297 which announced the termination and re-designation of Liberia for Temporary
Protected Status (TPS). In the supplemental information to the August notice,
it was inadvertently misstated that the termination would be effective and benefits
obtained through the TPS designation for Liberia will expire on October 1, 2004.
However, section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act authorizes termination
of a TPS designation no earlier than 60-days after publication of a notice in
the Federal Register. Persons granted TPS retain that status and employment authorization
until the effective date of termination. Therefore, USCIS is notifying eligible
nationals of Liberia who have TPS and their employers that termination of the
TPS designation for Liberia is effective October 24, 2004, sixty (60) days after
the August 25, 2004 termination notice. Accordingly, USCIS is extending until
October 24, 2004 the validity of Form I-688B employment authorization documents
issued to Liberian TPS beneficiaries that bear an expiration date of October 1,
2004 and a notation of “274a.12(a)(12)” or “274a.12(c)(19).”
The effective date of the re-designation remains October 1, 2004.
For information regarding the automatic extension of employment authorization
documents, employers may call the toll-free USCIS Office of Business Liaison Employer
Hotline at 1-800-357-2099. Employers may also call the U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices
(OSC) Employer Hotline at 1-800-255-8155 or 1-800-362-2735 (TDD). Employees or
applicants may call the OSC Employee Hotline at 1-800-255-7688 or 1-800-237- 2515
(TDD) for information regarding the automatic extension.
Additional information is available on the OSC Web site at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/osc/index.html.
For general information regarding TPS, call the USCIS National Customer Service
Center toll-free number: 1-800-375-5283. TPS forms are available from the toll-free
USCIS Forms line, 1-800-870-3676, or from the USCIS Web site: www.uscis.gov.