Hondurans were granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) in 1999 due to Hurricane Mitch, the storm that devastated the country, creating dangerous living conditions and preventing many from returning home. Hondurans who received TPS have since been able to live and work in the U.S. by continuing to renew their TPS and maintaining valid Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) under the category codes of A12 or C19.
On May 4, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that TPS designation for Honduras will end on January 5, 2020, and allowing for an 18-month transition period. The decision to terminate Honduras TPS is based on the DHS’s conclusion that the original condition on which the TPS designation was based has improved significantly. Therefore, in the DHS’s opinion, the TPS designation is no longer needed. DHS has yet to publish guidance on EAD automatic extensions or the timelines for re-registration for this transition period, but it is expected that an announcement will be made in the near future.
Employers Council will provide an update when more information becomes available.