Sunday, October 19, 2014

Central America: TPS Extended for 83,000 Hondurans, 4,200 Nicaraguans until July 5, 2016

According to The Latin American Tribune, the federal government on Friday (October 17) extended for 18 months the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) enjoyed by more than 83,000 Honduran citizens as well as some 4,200 citizens from Nicaragua.

Hondurans and Nicaraguans currently enrolled in TPS have until December 15, 2014 to apply for renewal, which takes effect in January 2015.

TPS, established to aid migrants from countries afflicted by natural disasters or civil war, allows beneficiaries to remain in the United States and obtain work permits.

COMMENT: As with so many programs falling under the purview of the President, very rarely does the US Congress ratify the extension of the TPS.

Current TPS beneficiaries from Honduras and Nicaragua who now have work permits will receive new documents that are valid until July 5, 2016.

The US government made TPS available to people from Honduras and Nicaragua after those countries suffered thousands of deaths and massive damage from Hurricane Mitch in 1998.

The benefit has been extended 12 times since the program was instituted in 1990.

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