By: Dawn M. Lurie and Greg Morano*
Seyfarth Synopsis: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) rules concerning auto extensions of employment authorization and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) can be confusing, and it is important employers know how to update Forms I-9 for TPS beneficiaries. We have previously reported on USCIS terminating TPS for El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Haiti while initially deferring a decision for Honduras. Since then, the government terminated TPS for Nepal on 05/22/2018 and for Honduras on 06/05/2018. The decision affects approximately 9,000 Nepalese foreign nationals and approximately 57,000 Honduran foreign nationals.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has terminated TPS for Nepal and Honduras with delayed effective dates. For Honduras, TPS will terminate on January 5, 2020. For Nepal, TPS will terminate on June 24, 2019. This means that TPS recipients of the respective countries have until the above-mentioned dates to continue to live, and, if so authorized, work in the United States.