U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today that certain
Hondurans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans will be eligible for Temporary Protected
Status (TPS) re-registration. Those who have applications pending with USCIS
and are awaiting an employment authorization document (EAD), will receive a
letter giving them the opportunity to have an extension sticker affixed to
their EAD while USCIS completes their TPS application.
According to the USCIS, there will NOT be a Federal Register notice automatically
extending previously issued work cards further for this group. Applicants
need not appear at USCIS district offices to seek an extension sticker or
an interim EAD. Instead, USCIS will mail eligible TPS re-registrants a letter
instructing them about how to proceed to a USCIS Application Support Center
(ASC) to receive the short-duration extension sticker.
USCIS is working to produce and to mail the letters giving eligible re-registrants
the opportunity to appear at an ASC to receive the extension sticker in
the coming days in order to minimize any lapse in documentation of employment
authorization for those TPS beneficiaries who have not received a renewal
Customers who receive the short-duration extension sticker while USCIS
continues processing their applications will receive an extension valid
through June 2007 to serve for “I-9 Employment Authorization” purposes.
USCIS recognizes that the auto-extension of existing EAD's expired on
Friday, January 5, 2007, for Honduras and Nicaragua and on March 9,
2007 for El Salvador. USCIS has started to mail out the letters giving
eligible re-registrants the opportunity to appear at an ASC to receive
the extension sticker beginning on Monday, March 5, 2007. One can verify
an applicant's continuing status and employment authorization by using
the case receipt number and checking USCIS Case Status Online.