You can re-register for TPS Nicaragua starting on November 6, 2023, through January 5, 2024. It will extend your TPS status until July 5, 2025. Learn about the process and get work permit information.
Nicaraguans outside the U.S. may now be eligible for a humanitarian parole program to live and work temporarily in the USA.
What is TPS
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status for people already in the USA. TPS is for people who cannot go back to their home country because of danger. These may include armed conflict, environmental disasters, or other temporary dangers. This status is only available to people from certain countries.
If you have TPS, you can:
- Stay in the U.S. legally for a period of time
- Apply for a work permit in the U.S.
- Apply to travel outside of the U.S.
- Be protected from detention and deportation
TPS is temporary. It does not give you lawful permanent status, citizenship, or any permanent immigration status.
|Go to the USCIS TPS Nicaragua page for more details.|
Who could have applied?
You must have met the following requirements to get TPS Nicaragua:
- Be a national of Nicaragua or a person without nationality who lived in Nicaragua for a long time before arriving in the U.S.
- Lived only in the U.S. since Jan. 5, 1999
- Did not leave the U.S. since Dec. 30, 1998
You may not have been eligible if you committed certain crimes.
|Public charge does not apply to TPS applicants. You can use any government programs you qualify for.|
Re-registration for current TPS holders
If you already have TPS Nicaragua, your TPS is automatically extended through June 30, 2024.
You can extend your TPS further to July 5, 2025. You can re-register between November 6, 2023 and January 5, 2024. Do not re-register before November 6, 2023.
To re-register, you will need to file a new Form I-821. You can file your application with USCIS online or by mail. You do not have to pay a fee.
If you missed the deadline to re-register, you can submit a late re-registration application. You will also have to submit a letter explaining why you filed it late, such as a serious illness. You can re-register online or by mail with USCIS under the Where To File section.
DHS automatically extended EADs for TPS holders from the previous registration period to June 30, 2024. If you are re-registering for TPS, you can request a new EAD that is valid through July 5, 2025.
Work permits are available to people with TPS and are known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). It shows employers that you are allowed to work in the USA.
You can apply for work authorization by filing Form I-765.
Travel permits are available to people with TPS. It is known as advanced parole. It shows immigration officials that you are allowed to travel abroad and back to the USA.
You can apply for a travel permit by filing Form I-131. Follow the Federal Register notice instructions when applying for a travel permit.
What happens when TPS expires?
DHS will review country conditions at least 60 days prior to when it is set to expire. They will decide whether to continue it further. If TPS for Nicaragua expires, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting temporary protected status.
If you did not have a legal immigration status before you applied for TPS, you may become undocumented. You can apply for another form of immigration status if you are eligible.
If you stay without any legal status, you will risk the chance of arrest or deportation.
Can I change my immigration status?
You can have TPS at the same time as another immigration status.
Where can I find help?
It is important to seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer or accredited representative. They can help you apply and discuss questions or concerns. Many organizations and lawyers offer free or low-cost legal services.
The Embassy of Nicaragua can offer more information. You can contact the Embassy of Nicaragua at (202) 939-6570 or visit its consular offices in Washington D.C.; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Houston, TX.
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