DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Honduras

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke announced that she is unable to determine at this time whether to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  Given this, TPS for Honduras has been automatically extended until July 5, 2018.

Hondurans who are currently TPS beneficiaries with expiration dates prior to July 5, 2018, must act to extend the status.  Also, employers must be on alert to prevent the unauthorized employment of Hondurans with TPS after the July 5, 2018, extension date, unless DHS issues another extension.

TPS allows individuals from certain countries, such as Honduras, to lawfully remain in the United States for a temporary period.  Countries are considered for TPS designation when conditions in the country prevent nationals from safely returning or when the country is unable to securely facilitate their return.  Severe country conditions warranting TPS designation include ongoing armed conflicts or extreme environmental disasters.

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus’ Immigration Practice Group urges Honduran TPS holders to immediately consult with immigration counsel to determine whether a TPS extension application should be lodged and to evaluate what alternative lawful immigration status may be available if any, if DHS fails to further extend TPS for Hondurans.  You can contact me at rglahoud@nmmlaw.com.

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