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Agreement Delays Termination of Temporary Protected Status for Honduras and Nepal

Hondurans and Nepalis in the U.S. in Temporary Protected Status (TPS) just got a break.

TPS for beneficiaries from Nepal was set to terminate on June 24, 2019. TPS for beneficiaries from Honduras was set to terminate on January 5, 2020. On March 12, 2019, the Administration entered into an agreement with the plaintiffs challenging the termination of TPS from those two countries. The parties agreed to stay the case and not enforce the decision to terminate TPS for Nepal and Honduras until after a final decision in the Ramos case in California.

In Ramos, a preliminary injunction was issued stopping the government from terminating TPS for beneficiaries from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. In response, DHS automatically extended TPS for beneficiaries from those countries until January 2, 2020.

The government has agreed to take the following “equivalent” steps for TPS beneficiaries from Honduras and Nepal:

  • TPS designations will remain in effect until there is a final decision in Ramos;
  • Notices will be periodically posted in the Federal Register extending TPS designation;
  • Late re-registration notices from TPS holders from Nepal and Honduras will be adjudicated; and
  • If the Ramos injunction is lifted, the government will hold off terminating TPS for those from Honduras and Nepal for at least 120 days from the order or 180 days from when the stay is vacated.
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Forrest G. Read IV, Immigration, Employment, Attorney, Jackson Lewis, Law Firm

Forrest Read is a Principal in the Washington, D.C. Region office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has extensive experience in both business immigration law and employment law and has special expertise in legal issues in graduate medical education (GME).

Mr. Read's immigration practice focuses on assisting employers in obtaining employment-based nonimmigrant visas (e.g., H-1B, L, O, TN) for foreign national employees and work-related immigrant (green card) visas, including PERM Labor Certifications, and advising employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws and...