USCIS recently announced that it has extended TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua. TPS has now been extended from January 6, 2012 to July 5, 2013. Current Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS holders must re-register during the sixty re-registration period that began on November 4, 2011 and expires January 5, 2012. In order to re-register, applicants must complete and submit Forms I-821 and I-765.
With all that is going on lately in the media, ie., Herman Cain and the ouster of Penn State Football Coach Joe Paterno, I have not seen too much coverage regarding this extension. There is a danger that nationals affected by this extension may find out too late. Generally speaking, any person in the United States who is not a citizen needs to carry identification on them, such as their Permanent Resident Card. Individuals ought to make sure that they are carrying the most current version. We have seen many instances in which individuals have let their green cards or employment authorization documents lapse, which can lead to significantly bigger problems.