Cite as "AILA InfoNet Doc. No. 03061747 (posted Jun. 17, 2003)"
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration
Washington, D.C. 20536
Contact: Office of Public Affairs
Phone: (202) 514-2648
June 16, 2003
BCIS Reminds Eligible Hondurans and Nicaraguans to Re-register
For Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Employment Authorization Document
WASHINGTON, D.C – The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS)
today reminded those eligible Hondurans and Nicaraguans to immediately
re-register for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to maintain TPS and employment
authorization for the 18-month period beginning on July 5, 2003 and ending on
January 5, 2005.
BCIS Service Centers must physically receive all completed re-registration
applications for TPS by close of business on July 7, 2003. Therefore,
applications should be mailed well in advance of July 7, 2003. This
re-registration is necessary even though BCIS published a notice in the Federal
Register on May 5, 2003 to automatically extend the Employment Authorization
Document (EAD) validity period from July 5, 2003 to December 5, 2003. The
automatic EAD extension is designed only to prevent gaps in employment
authorization while re-registration applications are processed, but it does not
relieve TPS beneficiaries of the responsibility to timely re-register for TPS
On April 30, 2003 BCIS announced an 18-month extension of
the designation of Honduras and Nicaragua for TPS until January 5, 2005.
The TPS extension notice was published in the Federal Register on May 5,
2003. This extension of TPS covers an estimated 87,000 Hondurans and 6,000
Nicaraguans who have already applied for TPS.
To re-register for the extension until January 5, 2005, a TPS applicant must
submit Form I-821 Application for Temporary Protected Status and Form I-765
(Application for Employment Authorization), as well as two identification
photographs (1 1/2" x 1 1/2"). Both forms must be submitted for
re-registration. If the applicant is only seeking to re-register for TPS
and not seeking an EAD extension, there is no filing fee. However, all
applicants seeking an extension of employment authorization until January 5,
2005 must submit a $120 filing fee with Form I-765 (Application for
Employment Authorization). The applicant may request a fee waiver in
accordance with the regulations. Applicants for an extension of TPS
benefits do not need to submit new fingerprints and therefore do not need to
submit a $50 fee for fingerprinting. Children beneficiaries of TPS who have
reached the age of fourteen but were not previously fingerprinted must pay the
$50 fingerprint fee with the application for extension.
TPS applications submitted without the required fee, signature, and photos
will be rejected. Forms can be ordered from the toll free BCIS National
Customer Service Center at 1-800-870-3676, or from the BCIS Web site, www.bcis.gov.
Registrants who have been granted TPS and who need to travel outside the
United States before January 5, 2005, must receive advance parole from their
local BCIS office or sub-office or a BCIS Service Center with jurisdiction over
their place of residence, prior to departing the United States. Failure to
do so may jeopardize their ability to return to the United States. Advance
parole allows an individual to travel abroad and return to the United
States. Advance parole is issued on a case-by-case basis. For
further information, please call the National Customer Service Center at
1-800-375-5283 or visit the BCIS web site: www.bcis.gov.