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Continuation of TPS Documentation for Nepal, Honduras

  1. Date Announced

    May 10, 2019

    Pending the resolution of two district court cases (Bhattarai v. Nielsen, No. 19–cv–00731, and Ramos v. Nielsen, No. 18–16981), DHS will not implement or enforce the decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Honduras or Nepal. Beneficiaries under the TPS designations for Nepal and Honduras will retain their TPS, provided that an individual’s TPS status is not withdrawn because of ineligibility. DHS is extending the validity of TPS-related documentation for Nepalese beneficiaries through March 24, 2020. The TPS designation for Honduras, signed by Acting Secretary McAleenan, remains in effect through January 5, 2020. [ID #78]

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    May 10, 2019
  3. Subsequent Action

    November 4, 2019

    DHS extends validity of TPS-related documentation for beneficiaries under the TPS designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan through January 4, 2021.

    Continuation of Documentation for Beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status Designations for El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, and Sudan
  4. Subsequent Action

    September 14, 2020

    In Bhattarai v. Nielsen, affected foreign nationals challenged DHS’s termination of TPS designations for Nepal and Honduras. The Bhattarai case has been stayed pending resolution of the Ramos v. Nielsen appeal at the Ninth Circuit. On September 14, 2020, the Ninth Circuit lifted the injunction in that case; a motion for rehearing en banc is due November 30, 2020. Meanwhile, as of 10/21/20, the Bhattarai stay remains in effect.

    Ninth Circuit Ramos Decision
  5. Subsequent Action

    March 13, 2021

    On March 13, 2019, DHS agreed to temporarily halt its plans to terminate TPS for individuals from Nepal and Honduras, according to court documents filed in federal district court case, Bhattarai et al v Nielsen et al., challenging DHS’s termination of TPS designations for Nepal and Honduras. TPS for Nepal was originally set to be terminated on June 24, 2019 and Honduras on January 5, 2020. On Nov. 1, 2019, DHS announced the automatic extension the validity of TPS-related documents for Nepal and Honduras through Jan. 4, 2021.

    USCIS Update on Bhattarai v. Nielsen

Commentary

Trump administration puts end of TPS on hold for Hondurans and Nepalis

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