US Suspends Deportation and Grants Work Permission for Thousands of Central Americans

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS), which stops the deportations and grants work authorizations to those from Honduras and Nicaragua, for an additional period of 18 months from January 6, 2015.

    In a statement on its website, the DHS also indicated that the current Nicaraguan and Honduran beneficiaries seeking to extend their TPS must re-enroll for a period of 60 days which began yesterday and will end on December 15.

    The 18-month extension also allows them to re-register to apply for their Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

    TPS beneficiaries originating in Honduras or Nicaragua requesting an EAD and who comply with the re-registration deadline will receive a new document with an expiration date of July 5, 2016.

    The Immigration and Citizenship of the US (USCIS) also warned that there will be cases where beneficiaries do not receive the new document until the previous expiry.

    The TPS temporarily slows deportation of some 83,349 Hondurans and 4,275 Nicaraguans living in the United States.

    The Government of the United States granted TPS to Honduras and Nicaragua under the rule of Democrat President Bill Clinton, after Hurricane Mitch severely damaged and left hundreds of thousands homeless in those countries in 1998.

    Since then, that status has renewed twelve times, including the last. (Crhoy)

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

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