On December 30, 2008, the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status re-registration period for nationals of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador ended. TPS is granted by the Secretary of Homeland Security to aliens in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country due to ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. Current TPS aliens must re-register within a period specified by USCIS to extend their TPS benefits. The extension period for nationals of Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador ended December 30, 2008. Late re-registration applications may be submitted, but will be considered on a case-by-case basis.  

Aliens seeking re-registration after the December 30, 2008, deadline may apply for re-registration by submitting the following:  

  • Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (without the application fee);
  • Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization*;
  • Letter stating that the alien has good cause for failing to re-register during the registration period; and
  • Documentation evidencing the good cause explanation for late registration.  

*Please note that the I-765 filing fee is only required for applicants seeking employment authorization. The I-765 application form is required for all TPS re-registration applicants for datagathering purposes.  

All applications for re-registration after December 30, 2008, must be mailed to the following address:  

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services  

Vermont Service Center  

ATTN: TPS Good Cause Exception  

75 Lower Welden Street  

St. Albans, VT 05479-0001