February 28, 2019
DHS Announces Extension of TPS until January 2020
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced on February 28, that it will automatically extend the validity of TPS-Related Documentation for those beneficiaries under the TPS designations for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador.
Current TPS beneficiaries do not need to pay a fee or file any application, to maintain their TPS benefits through January 2, 2020 if they are currently registered, provided the individual’s TPS is not withdrawn because of any other ineligibility.
The extension of TPS is the result of a preliminary injunction order issued in California in the case “Ramos v. Nielsen”, which required that TPS not be terminated unless and until any superseding, final, non-appealable judicial order permits the implementation of such terminations.
In the event courts issue a final decision which supports the cancellation of TPS before January 2020, TPS will end on the later date of either 120 days from the effective date of the final order, or on the Secretary’s previously announced effective date for the termination (September 9, 2019 for El Salvador). In the event no final judgement is issued, DHS will issue another notice in December 2019.
Information on the status of the preliminary injunction will be available at https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status