USCIS has announced that Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Nicaragua for an additional 18 months, beginning July 6, 2013, and ending January 5, 2015.
Current Nicaraguan beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from April 3, 2013, through June 3, 2013. Applications will not be accepted before April 3, 2013. To re-register, current TPS beneficiaries must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. 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 14 years or older.
The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD). Eligible Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries who request an EAD and meet the re-registration deadline will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of January 5, 2015. USCIS has also announced that it is automatically extending current TPS Nicaragua EADs that have a July 5, 2013, expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through January 5, 2014.
TPS re-registrants must also submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, but no application fee is required if the re-registrant does not want an EAD. All TPS re-registrants applying for an EAD must also submit the Form I-765 application fee, or a fee waiver request.
USCIS has also informed that TPS applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees by filing a Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a personal letter requesting these fees be waived. Failure to submit the required filing fees or a properly documented fee waiver request will result in rejection of the entire TPS application.