Immigration News- TPS Extensions

Immigration News- TPS Extensions

At the start of March 2019, the Trump administration reported that it would extend Temporary Protected Statuses (TPS) after a battle with a Northern District of California judge who placed an injunction trying to block the administration from ending the TPS programs. The extension impacts people from four different countries Haiti, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Sudan. The continued push-back from District court rulings and U.S. Senators have made a play to halt a decision on ending the programs. Many immigrants impacted by these programs have been in the U.S. for decades.

This allows TPS immigrants the opportunity to live and work in the US legally, as well as travel and re-enter with no restrictions or triggering any bans or temporary bars. This extension is in place until January 2, of 2020.

Extensions for Immigrants from Nepal and Honduras

Two more countries are also getting a delay (not an extension per se) in a decision to end TPS. Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal have been delayed as they await a verdict in a related case in California. The Federal Register will post updates on this as regularly as possible. Any late registrants, typically subject to removal orders, will be adjudicated. If the California case is lifted, the government will likely hold off on ending these TPS programs as well.

Liberians Get One More Year of DED

Like TPS, Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) among Liberians has been suspended, and the Trump administration will revisit that agreement in March of 2020. A court ruling in Massachusetts, citing that ending the program would be a civil rights violation, lead to suspending the program.

A Move to Add Venezuelans to the TPS List

Both Democrat and Republican U.S. Senators are working in bipartisan support to try and get Venezuelans on the TPS list as that particular country is facing severe collapse. TPS persons from Venezuela who are in the U.S. should not be made to return to a country so clearly on the edge of demise. There is still no consensus or movement on this in Congress, but Catholics and Bishops have recently urged the administration to address TPS and Venezuela as well.

Do you have questions about your TPS status or what you should be doing between now and the end dates of these temporary extensions? Now is the time to start working on a permanent residency pathway before something changes again or time runs out. There are strategies and resources that immigrants are unaware of, and as immigration lawyers, we can help. The law firm of Landerholm Immigration, APC welcomes your questions and encourages you to call to set up an appointment. Our experienced immigration lawyers are here to help!

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