Extension of the Designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status; Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization Documentation for Honduran TPS Beneficiaries, 29529-29534 [E7-10175]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 29, 2007 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Dated: May 23, 2007. Richard A. Sloan, Chief, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. E7–10243 Filed 5–25–07; 8:45 am] (1) Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (2) Evaluate the accuracy of the BILLING CODE 4410–10–P agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND methodology and assumptions used; SECURITY (3) Enhance the quality, utility, and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration clarity of the information to be Services collected; and (4) Minimize the burden of the Agency Information Collection collection of information on those who Activities: Revision of an Existing are to respond, including through the Information Collection; Comment use of appropriate automated, Request electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or ACTION: 30-day notice of information other forms of information technology, collection under review: Form I–643, e.g., permitting electronic submission of Health and Human Services Statistical responses. 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No comments were (4) Affected public who will be asked received on this information collection. or required to respond, as well as a brief The purpose of this notice is to allow abstract: Primary: Individuals or an additional 30 days for public Households. Refugees and asylees, comments. Comments are encouraged Cuban/Haitian Entrants under section and will be accepted until June 28, 202 of Public Law 99–603, and 2007. This process is conducted in Amerasians under Public Law 97–359, accordance with 5 CFR 1320.10. must use this form when applying for Written comments and/or suggestions adjustment of status, with the U.S. regarding the item(s) contained in this Citizenship and Immigration Services notice, especially regarding the (USCIS). USCIS will provide the data estimated public burden and associated collected on this form to the Department response time, should be directed to the of Health and Human Services (HHS). Department of Homeland Security (5) An estimate of the total number of (DHS), USCIS, Chief, Regulatory respondents and the amount of time Management Division, Clearance Office, estimated for an average respondent to 111 Massachusetts Avenue, 3rd floor, respond: 195,000 responses at 55 Washington, DC 20529. Comments may minutes (.916) per response. also be submitted to DHS via facsimile (6) An estimate of the total public to 202–272–8352 or via e-mail at burden (in hours) associated with the rfs.regs@dhs.gov, and to the OMB USCIS collection: 178,620 annual burden Desk Officer via facsimile at 202–395– hours. 6974 or via e-mail at If you have additional comments, kastrich@omb.eop.gov. suggestions, or need a copy of the When submitting comments by e-mail information collection instrument, please contact Richard A. Sloan, Chief, please make sure to add OMB Control Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Number 1615–0070 in the subject box. Written comments and suggestions from Citizenship and Immigration Services, 111 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., Suite the public and affected agencies should 3008, Washington, DC 20529; address one or more of the following Telephone 202–272–8377. four points: VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:45 May 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00048 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29529 Dated: May 23, 2007. Richard A. Sloan, Chief, Regulatory Management Division, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security. [FR Doc. E7–10244 Filed 5–25–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4410–10–P DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [CIS No. 2409–07; DHS Docket No. USCIS– 2007–0026] RIN 1615–ZA48 Extension of the Designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status; Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization Documentation for Honduran TPS Beneficiaries U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS. ACTION: Notice of extension of temporary protected status designation of Honduras. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This Notice announces that the designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for 18 months to January 5, 2009, from its current expiration date of July 5, 2007. This Notice also sets forth procedures necessary for nationals of Honduras (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) with TPS to re-register and to apply for an extension of their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for the additional 18-month period. Re-registration is limited to persons who have previously registered for TPS under the designation of Honduras and whose application has been granted or remains pending. Certain nationals of Honduras (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) who have not previously applied for TPS may be eligible to apply under the late initial registration provisions. Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that re-registrants may not receive a new EAD until after their current EAD expires on July 5, 2007. Accordingly, this Notice automatically extends the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Honduras for six months, through January 5, 2008, and explains how TPS beneficiaries and their employers may determine which EADs are automatically extended. New EADs with the January 5, 2009, E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 29530 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 29, 2007 / Notices expiration date will be issued to eligible TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for an EAD. DATES: The extension of the TPS designation of Honduras is effective July 6, 2007, and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 2009. The 60day re-registration period begins May 29, 2007, and will remain in effect until July 30, 2007. To facilitate processing applications, applicants are strongly encouraged to file as soon as possible after the start of the 60-day reregistration period beginning on May 29, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Horner, Status and Family Branch, Office of Service Center Operations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20529, telephone (202) 272–1533. This is not a toll-free call. Further information will also be available at local USCIS offices upon publication of this Notice and on the USCIS Web site at http://uscis.gov. Note: the phone number provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice and the information contained herein. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual case can look up cases in Case Status Online available at the USCIS Web site listed above, or applicants may call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1–800–375–5283 (TTY 1–800–767–1833). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Abbreviations and Terms Used in This Document Act—Immigration and Nationality Act ASC—USCIS Application Support Center DHS—Department of Homeland Security DOS—Department of State EAD—Employment Authorization Document Secretary—Secretary of Homeland Security TPS—Temporary Protected Status USAID—U.S. Agency for International Development USCIS—U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES What authority does the Secretary of Homeland Security have to extend the designation of Honduras for TPS? Section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1), authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security (Secretary), after consultation with appropriate agencies of the Government, to designate a foreign state (or part thereof) for TPS. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:45 May 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 The Secretary may then grant TPS to eligible nationals of that foreign state (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in that state). 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1)(A). At least 60 days before the expiration of the TPS designation, or any extension thereof, the Secretary, after consultations with appropriate agencies of the Government, must review the conditions in a foreign state designated for TPS to determine whether the conditions for the TPS designation continue to be met and, if so, the length of an extension. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A), (C). If the Secretary determines that the foreign state no longer meets the conditions for the TPS designation, he must terminate the designation. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(B). Why did the Secretary decide to extend the TPS designation of Honduras? On January 5, 1999, the Attorney General published a Notice in the Federal Register at 64 FR 524, designating Honduras for TPS due to the devastation resulting from Hurricane Mitch. Subsequent to that date, the Attorney General and the Secretary have extended TPS for Honduras six times, determining in each instance that the conditions warranting the designation continued to be met. 65 FR 30438 (July 6, 2000); 66 FR 23269 (July 6, 2001); 67 FR 22451 (July 6, 2002); 68 FR 23744 (July 6, 2003); 69 FR 64084 (Jan. 6, 2005); 71 FR 16328 (July 6, 2006). The most recent extension of TPS for Honduras became effective on July 5, 2006, and is due to expire on July 5, 2007. On February 21, 2007, the Government of Honduras requested an extension of the TPS designation of Honduras. Over the past year, DHS and the Department of State have continued to review conditions in Honduras. Based on this review, the Secretary has concluded that an 18-month extension is warranted because there continues to be a substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions in Honduras resulting from Hurricane Mitch and Honduras remains unable, temporarily, to adequately handle the return of its nationals, as required for TPS designations based on environmental disasters. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(B). The Government of Honduras has realized some success in disaster mitigation and prevention projects, as well as in rebuilding infrastructure since Hurricane Mitch. The country, however, still faces significant social and economic stress caused by the environmental disaster. PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Estimates of severely damaged or destroyed dwellings as a result of the hurricane ranged from 80,000 to 200,000. By 2004, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) had completed the construction of 6,100 permanent housing units. By early 2005, nongovernmental organizations had repaired or built over 15,000 housing units, but housing reconstruction had still not been completed in many areas and much of the housing that was built lacked water and electricity. In those cases where people were required to be relocated, infrastructure and personnel for health and education services, as well as employment opportunities, were unavailable. An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Honduras’ transportation infrastructure was destroyed. The majority of the country’s bridges and secondary roads were washed away, including 163 bridges and 6,000 km of roads. In November 2006, the road network had been restored and transport infrastructure continued to improve. Infrastructure, however, remains basic and vulnerable to additional damage depending on weather conditions. The ‘‘Road Reconstruction and Improvement Project’’ funded by the World Bank is scheduled to be completed during 2007. All health centers were fully operational and almost all schools had reopened by the end of 1999, and by the end of 2005, USAID and some other donors had completed their reconstruction projects in Honduras. The country continues, however, to rely heavily on outside assistance and faces daunting long-term development challenges with hundreds of thousands of people living in areas designated as ‘‘high risk,’’ awaiting completion of additional disaster mitigation projects. Current unemployment and underemployment rates range from 20 to 40 percent. Based upon this review, the Secretary finds, after consultation with the appropriate Government agencies, that the conditions that prompted the designation of Honduras for TPS continue to be met. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). There continues to be a substantial, but temporary, disruption in living conditions in Honduras as the result of an environmental disaster, and Honduras continues to be unable, temporarily, to handle adequately the return of its nationals. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(B). On the basis of these findings, the Secretary concludes that the designation of Honduras for TPS should be extended for an additional 18month period. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C). E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 29, 2007 / Notices Notice of Extension of the TPS Designation of Honduras By the authority vested in me as Secretary of Homeland Security under section 244 of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a, I have determined, after consultation with the appropriate Government agencies that the conditions that prompted designation of Honduras for TPS in January 1999 continue to be met. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). There are approximately 78,000 nationals of Honduras (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) who have been granted TPS and who may be eligible for reregistration. Accordingly, I am extending the TPS designation of Honduras for 18 months from July 6, 2007 to January 5, 2009. For instructions on this extension, please refer to the following attachments, which include filing and eligibility requirements for Temporary Protected Status and Employment Authorization Documents. Dated: May 16, 2007. Michael Chertoff, Secretary. Temporary Protected Status Filing Guidelines If I currently have benefits through the TPS designation of Honduras for TPS and would like to maintain them, do I need to re-register for TPS? Yes. If you already have received TPS benefits through the designation of Honduras for TPS, your benefits will expire at 11:59 p.m. on July 5, 2007. All TPS beneficiaries must comply with the re-registration requirements described in this Notice in order to maintain TPS benefits through January 5, 2009. TPS benefits include temporary protection against removal from the United States and employment authorization during the TPS designation period. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1). Failure to re-register without good cause will result in the withdrawal of your TPS and possibly your removal from the United States. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(C). 29531 If I am currently registered for TPS or have a pending application for TPS, how do I re-register to renew my benefits for the duration of the extension period? Please submit the proper forms and fees according to Table 1 below. All applicants are strongly encouraged to pay close and careful attention when filling out the required forms to help ensure that their dates of birth, alien registration numbers, spelling of their names, and other required information is correctly entered on the forms. Aliens who have previously registered for TPS, but whose applications remain pending, should follow these instructions if they wish to renew their TPS benefits. All TPS re-registration applications submitted without the required fees will be returned to the applicant. All fee waiver requests should be filed in accordance with 8 CFR 244.20. If you received an EAD during the most recent registration period, please submit a photocopy of the front and back of your EAD. TABLE 1.—APPLICATION FORMS AND APPLICATION FEES If And Then You are re-registering for TPS ........................... You are applying for an extension of your EAD valid through January 5, 2009. You are re-registering for TPS ........................... You are NOT applying for renewal of your EAD. You are applying for TPS as a late initial registrant and you are between the ages of 14 and 65 (inclusive). You are applying for TPS as a late initial registrant and are under age 14 or over age 65. You are applying for a TPS-related EAD ........ T≤You are applying for TPS as a late initial registrant, regardless of age. You are NOT applying for an EAD .................. Your previous TPS application is still pending. You are applying to renew your temporary treatment benefits (i.e., an EAD with category ‘‘C–19’’ on its face). You must complete and file the Form I–765, Application for Employment Authorization, with fee or a fee waiver request. You must also submit Form I–821, Application for Temporary Protected Status, with no fee. You must complete and file the Form I–765 with no fee and Form I–821 with no fee. Note: DO NOT check any box for the question ‘‘I am applying for’’ listed on Form I– 765, as you are NOT requesting an EAD benefit. You must complete and file Form I–821 with the $50 fee or fee waiver request and Form I–765 with fee or a fee waiver request. You must complete and file Form I–821 with the $50 fee or fee waiver request. You must also submit Form I–765 with no fee. You must complete and file Form I–821 with the $50 fee or fee waiver request and Form I–765 with no fee. You must complete and file the Form I–765 with fee or a fee waiver request. You must also submit Form I–821 with no fee. You are applying for a TPS-related EAD ........ Certain applicants must also submit a Biometric Service Fee (See Table 2). TABLE 2.—BIOMETRIC SERVICE FEES And Then You are 14 years of age or older ....................... sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES If 1. You are re-registering for TPS, or ............... You must submit a Biometric Service fee as defined in 8 CFR 103.7. 2. You are applying for TPS under the late initial registration provisions, or. VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:45 May 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 29532 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 29, 2007 / Notices TABLE 2.—BIOMETRIC SERVICE FEES—Continued If And Then You are younger than 14 years of age .............. 3. Your TPS application is still pending and you are applying to renew temporary treatment benefits (i.e., EAD with category ‘‘c19’’ on its face). You are applying for an EAD ........................... You are younger than 14 years of age .............. You are NOT applying for an EAD .................. found in the bottom right corner of the form. The proper form can be found on the Internet at http://www.uscis.gov or by calling the USCIS forms hotline at 1– 800–870–3676. What edition of the Form I–821 should I submit? Only the edition of Form I–821 dated November 5, 2004, or later will be accepted. The revision date can be You must submit a Biometric Service fee as defined in 8 CFR 103.7. You do NOT need to submit a biometric fee. Where should I submit my application for TPS? Please reference Table 3 below to see where to mail your specific application. TABLE 3.—APPLICATION MAILING DIRECTIONS If Then mail to Or, for Non-United States Postal Service (USPS) deliveries, mail to You are applying for re-registration or applying to renew your temporary treatment benefits. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Attn: TPS Honduras P.O. Box 6943 Chicago, IL 60680–6943. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Attn: TPS Honduras P.O. Box 8631 Chicago, IL 60680–8631. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Attn: TPS Honduras 427 S. LaSalle—3rd Floor Chicago, IL 60605–1029. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Attn: TPS Honduras [EOIR/Additional Documents] or [Late Initial Registrant] 427 S. LaSalle—3rd Floor, Chicago, IL 60605–1029. You are applying for TPS for the first time, as a late initial registrant, or you were granted TPS by an Immigration Judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals. How will I know if I need to submit supporting documentation with my application package? See Table 4 below to determine if you need to submit supporting documentation. TABLE 4.—WHO SHOULD SUBMIT SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION? If Then One or more of the questions listed in Part 4, Question 2 of Form I– 821 applies to you. You were granted TPS by an Immigration Judge or the Board of Immigration Appeals. You must submit an explanation, on a separate sheet(s) of paper, and/ or additional documentation. You may NOT file electronically. You must include evidence of the grant of TPS (such as an order from the Immigration Judge) with your application package. You may NOT file electronically. Can I file my application electronically? If you are filing for re-registration and do not need to submit supporting documentation with your application, you may file your application electronically. To file your application electronically, follow directions on the USCIS Web site at: http:// www.uscis.gov. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES What is late initial registration? Some persons may be eligible for late initial registration under 8 CFR 244.2. In order to be eligible for late initial registration, an applicant must: (1) Be a national of Honduras (or an alien who has no nationality and who last habitually resided in Honduras); VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:45 May 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 (2) Have continuously resided in the United States since December 30, 1998; (3) Have been continuously physically present in the United States since January 5, 1999; and (4) Be both admissible as an immigrant, except as provided under section 244(c)(2)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), and not ineligible under section 244(c)(2)(B) of the Act. Additionally, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that, during the initial registration period (from January 5, 1999 to August 20, 1999), he or she: (1) Was a nonimmigrant or had been granted voluntary departure status or any relief from removal; PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (2) Had an application for change of status, adjustment of status, asylum, voluntary departure, or any relief from removal or change of status pending or subject to further review or appeal; (3) Was a parolee or had a pending request for reparole; or (4) Is the spouse or child of an alien currently eligible to be a TPS registrant. An applicant for late initial registration must file an application for late registration no later than 60 days after the expiration or termination of the conditions described above. 8 CFR 244.2(g). All late initial registration applications for TPS, pursuant to the designation of Honduras, should be submitted to the appropriate address in Chicago, Illinois, as defined in Table 3. E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 29, 2007 / Notices Are certain aliens ineligible for TPS? Yes. There are certain criminal and terrorism-related inadmissibility grounds that render an alien ineligible for TPS. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(A)(iii). Further, aliens who have been convicted of any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States are ineligible for TPS under section 244(c)(2)(B)(i) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B)(i), as are aliens described in the bars to asylum in section 208(b)(2)(A) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A). See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B)(ii). If I currently have TPS, can I lose my TPS benefits? An individual granted TPS will have his or her TPS withdrawn if the alien is not in fact eligible for TPS, if the alien fails to timely re-register for TPS without good cause, or if the alien fails to maintain continuous physical presence in the United States. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(3)(A)–(C). Does TPS lead to lawful permanent residence? No. TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent residence or confer any other immigration status. 8 U.S.C. 1254a, (f)(1), and (h). When a country’s TPS designation is terminated, TPS beneficiaries will maintain the same immigration status that they held prior to TPS (unless that status has since expired or been terminated), or any other status they may have acquired while registered for TPS. Accordingly, if an alien held no lawful immigration status prior to being granted TPS and did not obtain any other status during the TPS period, he or she will revert to unlawful status upon the termination of the TPS designation. Once the Secretary determines that a TPS designation should be terminated, aliens who had TPS under that designation are expected to plan for their departure from the United States. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES May I apply for another immigration benefit while registered for TPS? Yes. Registration for TPS does not prevent you from applying for nonimmigrant status, filing for adjustment of status based on an immigrant petition, or applying for any other immigration benefit or protection. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(5). For the purposes of change of status and adjustment of status, an alien is considered as being in, and maintaining, lawful status as a nonimmigrant during the period in which the alien is granted TPS. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(f)(4). VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:45 May 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 How does an application for TPS affect my application for asylum or other immigration benefits? An application for TPS does not affect an application for asylum or any other immigration benefit. Denial of an application for asylum or any other immigration benefit does not affect an applicant’s TPS eligibility, although the grounds for denying one form of relief may also be grounds for denying TPS. For example, a person who has been convicted of a particularly serious crime is not eligible for asylum or TPS. See 8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A)(ii) and 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B)(ii). Does this extension allow nationals of Honduras (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) who entered the United States after December 30, 1998, to file for TPS? No. An extension of a TPS designation does not change the required dates of continuous residence and continuous physical presence in the United States. This extension does not expand TPS eligibility to those that are not eligible currently. To be eligible for benefits under this extension, nationals of Honduras (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) must have continuously resided in the United States since December 30, 1998, and been continuously physically present in the United States since January 5, 1999, the date of the initial designation of Honduras for TPS. Employment Authorization Document Automatic Extension Guidelines Who is eligible to receive an automatic extension of his or her EAD from July 5, 2007 to January 5, 2008? To receive an automatic extension of an EAD, an individual must be a national of Honduras (or an alien having no nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) who has applied for and received an EAD under the designation of Honduras for TPS and who has not had TPS withdrawn or denied. This automatic extension is limited to: (1) EADs issued on Form I– 766, Employment Authorization Document, bearing an expiration date of July 5, 2006 on the face AND that have a July 2007 DHS-issued extension sticker on the back of the card; and (2) EADs issued on Form I–766, bearing an expiration date of July 31, 2007. These EADs must also bear the notation ‘‘A– 12’’ or ‘‘C–19’’ on the face of the card under ‘‘Category.’’ PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29533 If I am currently registered under the designation of Honduras for TPS and am re-registering for TPS, how do I receive an extension of my EAD after the automatic six-month extension? You will receive a notice in the mail with instructions as to whether or not you will be required to appear at a USCIS Application Support Center (ASC) for biometrics collection. To increase efficiency and improve customer service, whenever possible USCIS will reuse previously-captured biometrics and conduct the security checks using those biometrics such that you may not be required to appear at an ASC. Regardless of whether you are required to appear at an ASC, you are required to pay the biometrics fee during this re-registration. USCIS fees fund the cost of processing applications and petitions for immigration benefits and services, and USCIS’ associated operating costs. A detailed description of how USCIS developed its current fee schedule is contained in the proposed rule, Adjustment of Certain Fees of the Immigration Examinations Fee Account, 63 FR 1775 (Jan. 12, 1998). If you are required to report to an ASC, you must bring the following documents: (1) Your receipt notice for your re-registration application; (2) your ASC appointment notice; and (3) your current EAD. If no further action is required for your case, you will receive a new EAD by mail, valid through January 5, 2009. If your case requires further resolution, USCIS will contact you in writing to explain what additional information, if any, is necessary to resolve your case. Once your case is resolved and if your application is approved, you will receive a new EAD in the mail with an expiration date of January 5, 2009. May I request an interim EAD at my local District Office? No. USCIS will not be issuing interim EADs to TPS applicants and reregistrants at District Offices. How may employers determine whether an EAD has been automatically extended for six months through January 5, 2008, and is therefore acceptable for completion of the Form I– 9? An EAD that has been automatically extended for six months by this Notice through January 5, 2008, will be a Form I–766 bearing the notation ‘‘A–12’’ or ‘‘C–19’’ on the face of the card under ‘‘Category,’’ and either: (1) have an expiration date of July 5, 2006 on the face of the card and a July 2007 DHS- E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 29534 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 102 / Tuesday, May 29, 2007 / Notices issued extension sticker on the back; or (2) have an expiration date of July 31, 2007 on the face of the card. New EADs or extension stickers showing the January 5, 2008, expiration date of the six-month automatic extension will not be issued. Employers should not request proof of Honduran citizenship. Employers should accept an EAD as a valid ‘‘List A’’ document and not ask for additional Form I–9, Employment Eligibility Verification, documentation if presented with an EAD that has been extended pursuant to this Federal Register Notice, and the EAD reasonably appears on its face to be genuine and to relate to the employee. This does not affect the right of an applicant for employment or an employee to present any legally acceptable document as proof of identity and eligibility for employment. their TPS-based EAD to their employer, as described above, as proof of identity and employment authorization through January 5, 2008. To minimize confusion over this extension at the time of hire or re-verification, qualified individuals may also present a copy of this Federal Register Notice regarding the automatic extension of employment authorization documentation through January 5, 2008. After the first six months of this extension and continuing until the end of the extension period, January 5, 2009, a qualified individual may present a new EAD valid through January 5, 2009. In the alternative, any legally acceptable document or combination of documents listed in List A, List B, or List C of the Form I–9 may be presented as proof of identity and employment eligibility. Note to Employers: Employers are reminded that the laws requiring employment eligibility verification and prohibiting unfair immigration-related employment practices remain in full force. This Notice does not supersede or in any way limit applicable employment verification rules and policy guidance, including those setting forth re-verification requirements. See 8 CFR 274a.2(b)(1)(vii). For questions, employers may call the USCIS Office of Business Liaison Employer Hotline at 1–800– 357–2099. Also, employers may call the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) Employer Hotline at 1–800–255–8155 or 1–800–362– 2735 (TDD). Employees or applicants may call the OSC Employee Hotline at 1–800– 255–7688 or 1–800–237–2515 (TDD) for information regarding the automatic extension. Additional information is available on the OSC Web site at http:// www.usdoj.gov/crt/osc/index.html. BILLING CODE 4410–10–P How may employers determine an employee’s eligibility for employment once the automatic six-month extension expires on January 5, 2008? sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Eligible TPS aliens will possess an EAD with an expiration date of January 5, 2009. The EAD will be a Form I–766 bearing the notation ‘‘A–12’’ or ‘‘C–19’’ on the face of the card under ‘‘Category,’’ and should be accepted for the purposes of verifying identity and employment authorization. What documents may a qualified individual show to his or her employer as proof of employment authorization and identity when completing Form I–9, Employment Eligibility Verification? During the first six months of this extension, qualified individuals who have received a six-month automatic extension of their EADs by virtue of this Federal Register Notice may present VerDate Aug<31>2005 20:45 May 25, 2007 Jkt 211001 [FR Doc. E7–10175 Filed 5–25–07; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services [CIS No. 2410–07; DHS Docket No. USCIS– 2007–0027] RIN 1615—ZA49 Extension of the Designation of Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status; Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization Documentation for Nicaraguan TPS Beneficiaries U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS. ACTION: Notice of extension of temporary protected status designation of Nicaragua. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This Notice announces that the designation of Nicaragua for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for 18 months to January 5, 2009, from its current expiration date of July 5, 2007. This Notice also sets forth procedures necessary for nationals of Nicaragua (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Nicaragua) with TPS to re-register and to apply for an extension of their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for the additional 18-month period. Re-registration is limited to persons who have previously registered for TPS under the designation of Nicaragua and whose application has been granted or remains pending. Certain nationals of Nicaragua (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in Nicaragua) who PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 have not previously applied for TPS may be eligible to apply under the late initial registration provisions. Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registrants, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that re-registrants may not receive a new EAD until after their current EAD expires on July 5, 2007. Accordingly, this Notice automatically extends the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Nicaragua for six months, through January 5, 2008, and explains how TPS beneficiaries and their employers may determine which EADs are automatically extended. New EADs with the January 5, 2009 expiration date will be issued to eligible TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for an EAD. DATES: The extension of the TPS designation of Nicaragua is effective July 6, 2007, and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 2009. The 60-day re-registration period begins May 29, 2007, and will remain in effect until July 30, 2007. To facilitate processing of applications, applicants are strongly encouraged to file as soon as possible after the start of the 60-day reregistration period beginning on May 29, 2007. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Horner, Status and Family Branch, Office of Service Center Operations, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20529, telephone (202) 272–1533. This is not a toll-free call. Further information will also be available at local USCIS offices upon publication of this Notice and on the USCIS Web site at http://uscis.gov. Note: the phone number provided here is solely for questions regarding this notice and the information contained herein. It is not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking information about the status of their individual case can look up their case in Case Status Online available at the USCIS Web site listed above, or applicants may call the USCIS National Customer Service Center at 1– 800–375–5283 (TTY 1–800–767–1833). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Abbreviations and Terms Used in This Document Act—Immigration and Nationality Act ASC—USCIS Application Support Center DHS—Department of Homeland Security DOS—Department of State EAD—Employment Authorization Document E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 72, Number 102 (Tuesday, May 29, 2007)]
[Notices]
[Pages 29529-29534]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E7-10175]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

[CIS No. 2409-07; DHS Docket No. USCIS-2007-0026]
RIN 1615-ZA48


Extension of the Designation of Honduras for Temporary Protected 
Status; Automatic Extension of Employment Authorization Documentation 
for Honduran TPS Beneficiaries

AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, DHS.

ACTION: Notice of extension of temporary protected status designation 
of Honduras.

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SUMMARY: This Notice announces that the designation of Honduras for 
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) has been extended for 18 months to 
January 5, 2009, from its current expiration date of July 5, 2007. This 
Notice also sets forth procedures necessary for nationals of Honduras 
(or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in 
Honduras) with TPS to re-register and to apply for an extension of 
their Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for the additional 18-
month period. Re-registration is limited to persons who have previously 
registered for TPS under the designation of Honduras and whose 
application has been granted or remains pending. Certain nationals of 
Honduras (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided 
in Honduras) who have not previously applied for TPS may be eligible to 
apply under the late initial registration provisions.
    Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registrants, 
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes that re-
registrants may not receive a new EAD until after their current EAD 
expires on July 5, 2007. Accordingly, this Notice automatically extends 
the validity of EADs issued under the TPS designation of Honduras for 
six months, through January 5, 2008, and explains how TPS beneficiaries 
and their employers may determine which EADs are automatically 
extended. New EADs with the January 5, 2009,

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expiration date will be issued to eligible TPS beneficiaries who timely 
re-register and apply for an EAD.

DATES: The extension of the TPS designation of Honduras is effective 
July 6, 2007, and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on January 5, 
2009. The 60-day re-registration period begins May 29, 2007, and will 
remain in effect until July 30, 2007. To facilitate processing 
applications, applicants are strongly encouraged to file as soon as 
possible after the start of the 60-day re-registration period beginning 
on May 29, 2007.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matthew Horner, Status and Family 
Branch, Office of Service Center Operations, U.S. Citizenship and 
Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts 
Avenue, NW., 2nd Floor, Washington, DC 20529, telephone (202) 272-1533. 
This is not a toll-free call. Further information will also be 
available at local USCIS offices upon publication of this Notice and on 
the USCIS Web site at http://uscis.gov.

    Note: the phone number provided here is solely for questions 
regarding this notice and the information contained herein. It is 
not for individual case status inquiries. Applicants seeking 
information about the status of their individual case can look up 
cases in Case Status Online available at the USCIS Web site listed 
above, or applicants may call the USCIS National Customer Service 
Center at 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833).


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Abbreviations and Terms Used in This Document

Act--Immigration and Nationality Act
ASC--USCIS Application Support Center
DHS--Department of Homeland Security
DOS--Department of State
EAD--Employment Authorization Document
Secretary--Secretary of Homeland Security
TPS--Temporary Protected Status
USAID--U.S. Agency for International Development
USCIS--U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

What authority does the Secretary of Homeland Security have to extend 
the designation of Honduras for TPS?

    Section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), 8 
U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1), authorizes the Secretary of Homeland Security 
(Secretary), after consultation with appropriate agencies of the 
Government, to designate a foreign state (or part thereof) for TPS. The 
Secretary may then grant TPS to eligible nationals of that foreign 
state (or aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided in 
that state). 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1)(A).
    At least 60 days before the expiration of the TPS designation, or 
any extension thereof, the Secretary, after consultations with 
appropriate agencies of the Government, must review the conditions in a 
foreign state designated for TPS to determine whether the conditions 
for the TPS designation continue to be met and, if so, the length of an 
extension. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A), (C). If the Secretary determines 
that the foreign state no longer meets the conditions for the TPS 
designation, he must terminate the designation. 8 U.S.C. 
1254a(b)(3)(B).

Why did the Secretary decide to extend the TPS designation of Honduras?

    On January 5, 1999, the Attorney General published a Notice in the 
Federal Register at 64 FR 524, designating Honduras for TPS due to the 
devastation resulting from Hurricane Mitch. Subsequent to that date, 
the Attorney General and the Secretary have extended TPS for Honduras 
six times, determining in each instance that the conditions warranting 
the designation continued to be met. 65 FR 30438 (July 6, 2000); 66 FR 
23269 (July 6, 2001); 67 FR 22451 (July 6, 2002); 68 FR 23744 (July 6, 
2003); 69 FR 64084 (Jan. 6, 2005); 71 FR 16328 (July 6, 2006). The most 
recent extension of TPS for Honduras became effective on July 5, 2006, 
and is due to expire on July 5, 2007.
    On February 21, 2007, the Government of Honduras requested an 
extension of the TPS designation of Honduras. Over the past year, DHS 
and the Department of State have continued to review conditions in 
Honduras. Based on this review, the Secretary has concluded that an 18-
month extension is warranted because there continues to be a 
substantial, but temporary, disruption of living conditions in Honduras 
resulting from Hurricane Mitch and Honduras remains unable, 
temporarily, to adequately handle the return of its nationals, as 
required for TPS designations based on environmental disasters. 8 
U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(B).
    The Government of Honduras has realized some success in disaster 
mitigation and prevention projects, as well as in rebuilding 
infrastructure since Hurricane Mitch. The country, however, still faces 
significant social and economic stress caused by the environmental 
disaster.
    Estimates of severely damaged or destroyed dwellings as a result of 
the hurricane ranged from 80,000 to 200,000. By 2004, the United States 
Agency for International Development (USAID) had completed the 
construction of 6,100 permanent housing units. By early 2005, 
nongovernmental organizations had repaired or built over 15,000 housing 
units, but housing reconstruction had still not been completed in many 
areas and much of the housing that was built lacked water and 
electricity. In those cases where people were required to be relocated, 
infrastructure and personnel for health and education services, as well 
as employment opportunities, were unavailable.
    An estimated 70 to 80 percent of Honduras' transportation 
infrastructure was destroyed. The majority of the country's bridges and 
secondary roads were washed away, including 163 bridges and 6,000 km of 
roads. In November 2006, the road network had been restored and 
transport infrastructure continued to improve. Infrastructure, however, 
remains basic and vulnerable to additional damage depending on weather 
conditions. The ``Road Reconstruction and Improvement Project'' funded 
by the World Bank is scheduled to be completed during 2007.
    All health centers were fully operational and almost all schools 
had reopened by the end of 1999, and by the end of 2005, USAID and some 
other donors had completed their reconstruction projects in Honduras. 
The country continues, however, to rely heavily on outside assistance 
and faces daunting long-term development challenges with hundreds of 
thousands of people living in areas designated as ``high risk,'' 
awaiting completion of additional disaster mitigation projects. Current 
unemployment and underemployment rates range from 20 to 40 percent.
    Based upon this review, the Secretary finds, after consultation 
with the appropriate Government agencies, that the conditions that 
prompted the designation of Honduras for TPS continue to be met. See 8 
U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). There continues to be a substantial, but 
temporary, disruption in living conditions in Honduras as the result of 
an environmental disaster, and Honduras continues to be unable, 
temporarily, to handle adequately the return of its nationals. See 8 
U.S.C. 1254a(b)(1)(B). On the basis of these findings, the Secretary 
concludes that the designation of Honduras for TPS should be extended 
for an additional 18-month period. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(C).

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Notice of Extension of the TPS Designation of Honduras

    By the authority vested in me as Secretary of Homeland Security 
under section 244 of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a, I have determined, after 
consultation with the appropriate Government agencies that the 
conditions that prompted designation of Honduras for TPS in January 
1999 continue to be met. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A). There are 
approximately 78,000 nationals of Honduras (or aliens having no 
nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) who have been 
granted TPS and who may be eligible for re-registration. Accordingly, I 
am extending the TPS designation of Honduras for 18 months from July 6, 
2007 to January 5, 2009. For instructions on this extension, please 
refer to the following attachments, which include filing and 
eligibility requirements for Temporary Protected Status and Employment 
Authorization Documents.

    Dated: May 16, 2007.
Michael Chertoff,
Secretary.

Temporary Protected Status Filing Guidelines

If I currently have benefits through the TPS designation of Honduras 
for TPS and would like to maintain them, do I need to re-register for 
TPS?

    Yes. If you already have received TPS benefits through the 
designation of Honduras for TPS, your benefits will expire at 11:59 
p.m. on July 5, 2007. All TPS beneficiaries must comply with the re-
registration requirements described in this Notice in order to maintain 
TPS benefits through January 5, 2009. TPS benefits include temporary 
protection against removal from the United States and employment 
authorization during the TPS designation period. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(1). 
Failure to re-register without good cause will result in the withdrawal 
of your TPS and possibly your removal from the United States. 8 U.S.C. 
1254a(c)(3)(C).

If I am currently registered for TPS or have a pending application for 
TPS, how do I re-register to renew my benefits for the duration of the 
extension period?

    Please submit the proper forms and fees according to Table 1 below. 
All applicants are strongly encouraged to pay close and careful 
attention when filling out the required forms to help ensure that their 
dates of birth, alien registration numbers, spelling of their names, 
and other required information is correctly entered on the forms. 
Aliens who have previously registered for TPS, but whose applications 
remain pending, should follow these instructions if they wish to renew 
their TPS benefits. All TPS re-registration applications submitted 
without the required fees will be returned to the applicant. All fee 
waiver requests should be filed in accordance with 8 CFR 244.20. If you 
received an EAD during the most recent registration period, please 
submit a photocopy of the front and back of your EAD.

            Table 1.--Application Forms and Application Fees
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             If                        And                  Then
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You are re-registering for    You are applying for  You must complete
 TPS.                          an extension of       and file the Form I-
                               your EAD valid        765, Application
                               through January 5,    for Employment
                               2009.                 Authorization, with
                                                     fee or a fee waiver
                                                     request. You must
                                                     also submit Form I-
                                                     821, Application
                                                     for Temporary
                                                     Protected Status,
                                                     with no fee.
You are re-registering for    You are NOT applying  You must complete
 TPS.                          for renewal of your   and file the Form I-
                               EAD.                  765 with no fee and
                                                     Form I-821 with no
                                                     fee. Note: DO NOT
                                                     check any box for
                                                     the question ``I am
                                                     applying for''
                                                     listed on Form I-
                                                     765, as you are NOT
                                                     requesting an EAD
                                                     benefit.
You are applying for TPS as   You are applying for  You must complete
 a late initial registrant     a TPS-related EAD.    and file Form I-821
 and you are between the                             with the $50 fee or
 ages of 14 and 65                                   fee waiver request
 (inclusive).                                        and Form I-765 with
                                                     fee or a fee waiver
                                                     request.
You are applying for TPS as   You are applying for  You must complete
 a late initial registrant     a TPS-related EAD.    and file Form I-821
 and are under age 14 or                             with the $50 fee or
 over age 65.                                        fee waiver request.
                                                     You must also
                                                     submit Form I-765
                                                     with no fee.
T>You are applying for TPS    You are NOT applying  You must complete
 as a late initial             for an EAD.           and file Form I-821
 registrant, regardless of                           with the $50 fee or
 age.                                                fee waiver request
                                                     and Form I-765 with
                                                     no fee.
    Your previous TPS         You are applying to   You must complete
     application is still      renew your            and file the Form I-
     pending.                  temporary treatment   765 with fee or a
                               benefits (i.e., an    fee waiver request.
                               EAD with category     You must also
                               ``C-19'' on its       submit Form I-821
                               face).                with no fee.
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    Certain applicants must also submit a Biometric Service Fee (See 
Table 2).

                    Table 2.--Biometric Service Fees
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             If                        And                  Then
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You are 14 years of age or    1. You are re-        You must submit a
 older.                        registering for       Biometric Service
                               TPS, or.              fee as defined in 8
                                                     CFR 103.7.
                              2. You are applying
                               for TPS under the
                               late initial
                               registration
                               provisions, or.

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                              3. Your TPS
                               application is
                               still pending and
                               you are applying to
                               renew temporary
                               treatment benefits
                               (i.e., EAD with
                               category ``c-19''
                               on its face).
You are younger than 14       You are applying for  You must submit a
 years of age.                 an EAD.               Biometric Service
                                                     fee as defined in 8
                                                     CFR 103.7.
You are younger than 14       You are NOT applying  You do NOT need to
 years of age.                 for an EAD.           submit a biometric
                                                     fee.
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What edition of the Form I-821 should I submit?

    Only the edition of Form I-821 dated November 5, 2004, or later 
will be accepted. The revision date can be found in the bottom right 
corner of the form. The proper form can be found on the Internet at 
http://www.uscis.gov or by calling the USCIS forms hotline at 1-800-
870-3676.

Where should I submit my application for TPS?

    Please reference Table 3 below to see where to mail your specific 
application.

                Table 3.--Application Mailing Directions
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                                                     Or, for Non-United
                                                        States Postal
             If                   Then mail to         Service (USPS)
                                                     deliveries, mail to
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You are applying for re-      U.S. Citizenship and  U.S. Citizenship and
 registration or applying to   Immigration           Immigration
 renew your temporary          Services Attn: TPS    Services Attn: TPS
 treatment benefits.           Honduras P.O. Box     Honduras 427 S.
                               6943 Chicago, IL      LaSalle--3rd Floor
                               60680-6943.           Chicago, IL 60605-
                                                     1029.
You are applying for TPS for  U.S. Citizenship and  U.S. Citizenship and
 the first time, as a late     Immigration           Immigration
 initial registrant, or you    Services Attn: TPS    Services Attn: TPS
 were granted TPS by an        Honduras P.O. Box     Honduras [EOIR/
 Immigration Judge or the      8631 Chicago, IL      Additional
 Board of Immigration          60680-8631.           Documents] or [Late
 Appeals.                                            Initial Registrant]
                                                     427 S. LaSalle--3rd
                                                     Floor, Chicago, IL
                                                     60605-1029.
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How will I know if I need to submit supporting documentation with my 
application package?

    See Table 4 below to determine if you need to submit supporting 
documentation.

          Table 4.--Who Should Submit Supporting Documentation?
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                   If                                  Then
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One or more of the questions listed in   You must submit an explanation,
 Part 4, Question 2 of Form I-821         on a separate sheet(s) of
 applies to you.                          paper, and/or additional
                                          documentation. You may NOT
                                          file electronically.
You were granted TPS by an Immigration   You must include evidence of
 Judge or the Board of Immigration        the grant of TPS (such as an
 Appeals.                                 order from the Immigration
                                          Judge) with your application
                                          package. You may NOT file
                                          electronically.
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Can I file my application electronically?

    If you are filing for re-registration and do not need to submit 
supporting documentation with your application, you may file your 
application electronically. To file your application electronically, 
follow directions on the USCIS Web site at: http://www.uscis.gov.

What is late initial registration?

    Some persons may be eligible for late initial registration under 8 
CFR 244.2. In order to be eligible for late initial registration, an 
applicant must:
    (1) Be a national of Honduras (or an alien who has no nationality 
and who last habitually resided in Honduras);
    (2) Have continuously resided in the United States since December 
30, 1998;
    (3) Have been continuously physically present in the United States 
since January 5, 1999; and
    (4) Be both admissible as an immigrant, except as provided under 
section 244(c)(2)(A) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (Act), and 
not ineligible under section 244(c)(2)(B) of the Act.
    Additionally, the applicant must be able to demonstrate that, 
during the initial registration period (from January 5, 1999 to August 
20, 1999), he or she:
    (1) Was a nonimmigrant or had been granted voluntary departure 
status or any relief from removal;
    (2) Had an application for change of status, adjustment of status, 
asylum, voluntary departure, or any relief from removal or change of 
status pending or subject to further review or appeal;
    (3) Was a parolee or had a pending request for reparole; or
    (4) Is the spouse or child of an alien currently eligible to be a 
TPS registrant.
    An applicant for late initial registration must file an application 
for late registration no later than 60 days after the expiration or 
termination of the conditions described above. 8 CFR 244.2(g). All late 
initial registration applications for TPS, pursuant to the designation 
of Honduras, should be submitted to the appropriate address in Chicago, 
Illinois, as defined in Table 3.

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Are certain aliens ineligible for TPS?

    Yes. There are certain criminal and terrorism-related 
inadmissibility grounds that render an alien ineligible for TPS. See 8 
U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(A)(iii). Further, aliens who have been convicted of 
any felony or two or more misdemeanors committed in the United States 
are ineligible for TPS under section 244(c)(2)(B)(i) of the Act, 8 
U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B)(i), as are aliens described in the bars to asylum 
in section 208(b)(2)(A) of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A). See 8 
U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B)(ii).

If I currently have TPS, can I lose my TPS benefits?

    An individual granted TPS will have his or her TPS withdrawn if the 
alien is not in fact eligible for TPS, if the alien fails to timely re-
register for TPS without good cause, or if the alien fails to maintain 
continuous physical presence in the United States. See 8 U.S.C. 
1254a(c)(3)(A)-(C).

Does TPS lead to lawful permanent residence?

    No. TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful 
permanent residence or confer any other immigration status. 8 U.S.C. 
1254a, (f)(1), and (h). When a country's TPS designation is terminated, 
TPS beneficiaries will maintain the same immigration status that they 
held prior to TPS (unless that status has since expired or been 
terminated), or any other status they may have acquired while 
registered for TPS. Accordingly, if an alien held no lawful immigration 
status prior to being granted TPS and did not obtain any other status 
during the TPS period, he or she will revert to unlawful status upon 
the termination of the TPS designation. Once the Secretary determines 
that a TPS designation should be terminated, aliens who had TPS under 
that designation are expected to plan for their departure from the 
United States.

May I apply for another immigration benefit while registered for TPS?

    Yes. Registration for TPS does not prevent you from applying for 
non-immigrant status, filing for adjustment of status based on an 
immigrant petition, or applying for any other immigration benefit or 
protection. 8 U.S.C. 1254a(a)(5). For the purposes of change of status 
and adjustment of status, an alien is considered as being in, and 
maintaining, lawful status as a nonimmigrant during the period in which 
the alien is granted TPS. See 8 U.S.C. 1254a(f)(4).

How does an application for TPS affect my application for asylum or 
other immigration benefits?

    An application for TPS does not affect an application for asylum or 
any other immigration benefit. Denial of an application for asylum or 
any other immigration benefit does not affect an applicant's TPS 
eligibility, although the grounds for denying one form of relief may 
also be grounds for denying TPS. For example, a person who has been 
convicted of a particularly serious crime is not eligible for asylum or 
TPS. See 8 U.S.C. 1158(b)(2)(A)(ii) and 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B)(ii).

Does this extension allow nationals of Honduras (or aliens having no 
nationality who last habitually resided in Honduras) who entered the 
United States after December 30, 1998, to file for TPS?

    No. An extension of a TPS designation does not change the required 
dates of continuous residence and continuous physical presence in the 
United States. This extension does not expand TPS eligibility to those 
that are not eligible currently. To be eligible for benefits under this 
extension, nationals of Honduras (or aliens having no nationality who 
last habitually resided in Honduras) must have continuously resided in 
the United States since December 30, 1998, and been continuously 
physically present in the United States since January 5, 1999, the date 
of the initial designation of Honduras for TPS.

Employment Authorization Document Automatic Extension Guidelines

Who is eligible to receive an automatic extension of his or her EAD 
from July 5, 2007 to January 5, 2008?

    To receive an automatic extension of an EAD, an individual must be 
a national of Honduras (or an alien having no nationality who last 
habitually resided in Honduras) who has applied for and received an EAD 
under the designation of Honduras for TPS and who has not had TPS 
withdrawn or denied. This automatic extension is limited to: (1) EADs 
issued on Form I-766, Employment Authorization Document, bearing an 
expiration date of July 5, 2006 on the face AND that have a July 2007 
DHS-issued extension sticker on the back of the card; and (2) EADs 
issued on Form I-766, bearing an expiration date of July 31, 2007. 
These EADs must also bear the notation ``A-12'' or ``C-19'' on the face 
of the card under ``Category.''

If I am currently registered under the designation of Honduras for TPS 
and am re-registering for TPS, how do I receive an extension of my EAD 
after the automatic six-month extension?

    You will receive a notice in the mail with instructions as to 
whether or not you will be required to appear at a USCIS Application 
Support Center (ASC) for biometrics collection. To increase efficiency 
and improve customer service, whenever possible USCIS will reuse 
previously-captured biometrics and conduct the security checks using 
those biometrics such that you may not be required to appear at an ASC.
    Regardless of whether you are required to appear at an ASC, you are 
required to pay the biometrics fee during this re-registration. USCIS 
fees fund the cost of processing applications and petitions for 
immigration benefits and services, and USCIS' associated operating 
costs. A detailed description of how USCIS developed its current fee 
schedule is contained in the proposed rule, Adjustment of Certain Fees 
of the Immigration Examinations Fee Account, 63 FR 1775 (Jan. 12, 
1998).
    If you are required to report to an ASC, you must bring the 
following documents: (1) Your receipt notice for your re-registration 
application; (2) your ASC appointment notice; and (3) your current EAD. 
If no further action is required for your case, you will receive a new 
EAD by mail, valid through January 5, 2009. If your case requires 
further resolution, USCIS will contact you in writing to explain what 
additional information, if any, is necessary to resolve your case. Once 
your case is resolved and if your application is approved, you will 
receive a new EAD in the mail with an expiration date of January 5, 
2009.

May I request an interim EAD at my local District Office?

    No. USCIS will not be issuing interim EADs to TPS applicants and 
re-registrants at District Offices.

How may employers determine whether an EAD has been automatically 
extended for six months through January 5, 2008, and is therefore 
acceptable for completion of the Form I-9?

    An EAD that has been automatically extended for six months by this 
Notice through January 5, 2008, will be a Form I-766 bearing the 
notation ``A-12'' or ``C-19'' on the face of the card under 
``Category,'' and either: (1) have an expiration date of July 5, 2006 
on the face of the card and a July 2007 DHS-

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issued extension sticker on the back; or (2) have an expiration date of 
July 31, 2007 on the face of the card. New EADs or extension stickers 
showing the January 5, 2008, expiration date of the six-month automatic 
extension will not be issued. Employers should not request proof of 
Honduran citizenship.
    Employers should accept an EAD as a valid ``List A'' document and 
not ask for additional Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, 
documentation if presented with an EAD that has been extended pursuant 
to this Federal Register Notice, and the EAD reasonably appears on its 
face to be genuine and to relate to the employee. This does not affect 
the right of an applicant for employment or an employee to present any 
legally acceptable document as proof of identity and eligibility for 
employment.

    Note to Employers: Employers are reminded that the laws 
requiring employment eligibility verification and prohibiting unfair 
immigration-related employment practices remain in full force. This 
Notice does not supersede or in any way limit applicable employment 
verification rules and policy guidance, including those setting 
forth re-verification requirements. See 8 CFR 274a.2(b)(1)(vii). For 
questions, employers may call the USCIS Office of Business Liaison 
Employer Hotline at 1-800-357-2099. Also, employers may call the 
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Special Counsel for 
Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) Employer 
Hotline at 1-800-255-8155 or 1-800-362-2735 (TDD). Employees or 
applicants may call the OSC Employee Hotline at 1-800-255-7688 or 1-
800-237-2515 (TDD) for information regarding the automatic 
extension. Additional information is available on the OSC Web site 
at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/osc/index.html.

How may employers determine an employee's eligibility for employment 
once the automatic six-month extension expires on January 5, 2008?

    Eligible TPS aliens will possess an EAD with an expiration date of 
January 5, 2009. The EAD will be a Form I-766 bearing the notation ``A-
12'' or ``C-19'' on the face of the card under ``Category,'' and should 
be accepted for the purposes of verifying identity and employment 
authorization.

What documents may a qualified individual show to his or her employer 
as proof of employment authorization and identity when completing Form 
I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification?

    During the first six months of this extension, qualified 
individuals who have received a six-month automatic extension of their 
EADs by virtue of this Federal Register Notice may present their TPS-
based EAD to their employer, as described above, as proof of identity 
and employment authorization through January 5, 2008. To minimize 
confusion over this extension at the time of hire or re-verification, 
qualified individuals may also present a copy of this Federal Register 
Notice regarding the automatic extension of employment authorization 
documentation through January 5, 2008.
    After the first six months of this extension and continuing until 
the end of the extension period, January 5, 2009, a qualified 
individual may present a new EAD valid through January 5, 2009.
    In the alternative, any legally acceptable document or combination 
of documents listed in List A, List B, or List C of the Form I-9 may be 
presented as proof of identity and employment eligibility.

 [FR Doc. E7-10175 Filed 5-25-07; 8:45 am]
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