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USCIS Announces Extension Stickers for Certain Honduran, Nicaraguan, Salvadoran TPS Re-Registrants


U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 9, 2007, that certain Hondurans, Nicaraguans, and Salvadorans eligible for temporary protected status (TPS) re-registration, who have an application pending with USCIS and are awaiting an employment authorization document (EAD), will receive a letter giving them the opportunity to have an extension sticker affixed to their EAD while USCIS completes their TPS application.

USCIS said it will not issue a Federal Register notice automatically extending previously issued EADs further for this group. Applicants should not appear at USCIS district offices to seek an extension sticker or an interim EAD. Instead, USCIS will mail eligible TPS re-registrants a letter instructing them to proceed to a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) to receive the short-duration extension sticker.

Those who receive the sticker while USCIS continues processing their applications will receive an extension valid through June 2007 for I-9 employment authorization verification purposes. USCIS began mailing letters giving eligible re-registrants the opportunity to appear at an ASC to receive the extension sticker beginning on March 5, 2007. One can verify an applicant’s continuing status and employment authorization by using the case receipt number to check USCIS Case Status Online, or by calling the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1-800-375-5283.

USCIS said it recognizes that the automatic extension of existing EADs expired on Friday, January 5, 2007, for Honduras and Nicaragua and on March 9, 2007, for El Salvador. USCIS said it is working diligently to produce and mail the letters giving eligible re-registrants the opportunity to appear at an ASC to receive the extension sticker in the coming days “to minimize any lapse in documentation of employment authorization” for those TPS beneficiaries who have not received a renewal EAD.

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