The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the automatic extension of temporary protected status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Honduras, and Nepal. The automatic extension of TPS-related documentation includes employment authorization documents (EADs) through December 31, 2022.

DHS also announced that under several court orders, beneficiaries under the TPS designations for those countries will retain their TPS while the court orders remain in effect, provided that their TPS is not withdrawn because of individual ineligibility. For Haiti, pursuant to the new TPS designation issued on August 3, 2021, eligible individuals must apply before the close of the registration period on February 3, 2023. 

DHS strongly encourages eligible individuals under the Haiti TPS designation “to apply at the earliest practicable date, to ensure that their TPS continues beyond the court-ordered extensions and without any gaps in status.”

Beneficiaries who want a new EAD with the expiration date of December 31, 2022, displayed on the EAD must file Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization. A Federal Register notice explaining how TPS beneficiaries, their employers, and benefit-granting agencies may determine which EADs are automatically extended for those beneficiaries will be published soon, DHS said.

The September 10, 2021, Federal Register notice provides further information on the automatic extension of the validity of TPS-related EADs, Notices of Action, and Arrival/Departure Records.

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