On October 31, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a Notice containing its plan to comply with Federal District Judge Edward M. Chen’s order temporarily blocking the Trump administration’s plans to terminate the Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) of immigrants who fled Haiti, Sudan, Nicaragua and El Salvador.
Judge Chen’s order requires the government to maintain TPS, as well as employment authorizations for TPS beneficiaries from those countries, while the lawsuit challenging the government’s decision remains pending. As such, DHS is further announcing that it is automatically extending, through April 2, 2019, the validity of TPS-related Employment Authorization Documents, Forms I-797 Notice of Action (Approval Notices) and Forms I-94 for the beneficiaries under TPS designation for Sudan and Nicaragua as those beneficiaries are set to lose their status in November 2018 and January 2019, respectively.
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