Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Terminated for Haiti

November 20, 2017


The administration has decided to end TPS with a delayed effective date of 18 months. This means that Haitians have until July 22, 2019 to depart the country if they do not otherwise have lawful status. This is the most recent termination of TPS after the announcement made earlier this month to end TPS for Nicaragua. Honduras and El Salvador are also TPS-designated countries that come up for renewal in the near future.


USCIS: Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Announcement on TPS for Haiti



Trump administration ends TPS for Nicaraguans & grants 6 month extension for Hondurans

November 6, 2017


The administration has announced the end of TPS for Nicaraguans. The administration has given TPS holders from Nicaragua until January 2019 to leave the country. Those with TPS from Honduras have been granted a 6 month extension. There has been no announcement on what the administration plans to do after the extension.


USCIS: Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Announcement on TPS for Nicaragua and Honduras



Study finds Gross Disparities in immigration court

October 17, 2017


A recent study finds that an immigrant's chances of being allowed to stay in the US largely depend on where the case is heard and who hears it. Depending on the judge, the approval rate can be as high as 93% or as low as 4%. The study continues, "Men are more likely than women to order deportation, as are judges who have worked as ICE prosecutors. The longer a judge has been serving, the more likely that judge is to grant asylum. The findings underscore what academics and government watchdogs have long complained about U.S. immigration courts: Differences among judges and courts can render the system unfair and even inhumane." Country of origin can also have an effect on approval. Courts rules in favor of Chinese immigrants 73% of the time, while Hondurans won just 16% of their cases.


Reuters: Special Report: They fled danger for a high-stakes bet on U.S. immigration courts.



TPS terminated for Sudan, but extended for South Sudan

September 19, 2017


For South Sudan, TPS was extended to May 2, 2019. Those currently on TPS must reregister. For Sudan, TPS will terminate as of November 2, 2018. Current beneficiaries need to reregister. Those who reregister will be given a new work permit valid until November 2, 2018. At that time, Sudanese on TPS are expected to depart the US if they are not otherwise eligible and applying for another status.


Ten countries are currently covered by TPS, and there has been indications that the current administration might be considering ending such protections for citizens for these countries. If you are currently on TPS, now is the time to consider other options. Contact me today to set up a consultation.


USCIS.org--Temporary Protected Status: Sudan

USCIS.org--Temporary Protected Status: South Sudan



Advance Parole no longer available for daca recipients

September 6, 2017


With the Trump’s decision to end DACA, advance parole is also ending for DACA recipients. Specifically, USCIS announces:

  • It will not approve any new applications for advance parole under standards associated with the DACA program
  • It will generally honor the stated validity period for previously approved applications for advance parole.
  • CBP will retain the authority in determining the admissibility of any person presenting at the border and the eligibility of such persons for parole.
  • USCIS will retain the authority to revoke or terminate an advance parole document at any time.
  • USCIS will administratively close all pending applications for advance parole filed under standards associated with the DACA program, and will refund all associated fees

Any DACA recipient who was planning on traveling with advance parole needs to be educated about the risks beforehand.


USCIS.org-Memo on Rescission of DACA


Not sure what advance parole is or what this means for you? Check out my blog post.