Department of Homeland Security has announced extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning January 6, 2012, and ending July 5, 2013. Current Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from November 4, 2011, through January 5, 2012.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Eligible Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of July 5, 2013. USCIS has also announced that it recognizes that all re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire, and therefore, it is extending the current TPS Nicaragua EAD bearing a January 6, 2012, expiration date for an additional six months, through July 5, 2012.
To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit a Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status and a Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of whether they are applying for an EAD. Re-registrants do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee, but they must submit the biometric services fee, or a fee waiver request, if they are age 14 or older. TPS re-registrants applying for an EAD must submit the Form I-765 application fee, or a fee waiver request. Failure to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee waiver request will result in the rejection of the TPS application.