The Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary, Elaine Duke announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Nicaraguans will end on January 2019. Earlier the programs was expected to end on January 2018. However, the program has been extended by one year to allow immigrants chance to make alternative arrangements.
This will provide time for individuals with TPS to seek an alternative lawful immigration status in the United States, if eligible, or, if necessary, arrange for their departure.
Thousands of Nicaraguan nationals were granted the TPS after the deadly hurricane Mitch devastated Central America in 1999. The program has extended the status to these nationals for more than 2 decades now.
It has been informed that the conditions caused by the hurricane no longer exist and thus the applicable TPS must be terminated.
Reports suggest that nearly 5,300 Nicaragua nationals are residing in the U.S. basis the TPS.
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