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Temporary Protected Status (TPS)

Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: Nicaragua

ALERT: On Oct. 3, 2018, in Ramos, et al. v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) (PDF, 458 KB), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador, pending further resolution of the case. 

For additional information, please reference the Oct. 31, 2018, Federal Register Notice, specific TPS country pages available on the USCIS website, and the Update on Ramos v. Nielsen page on the USCIS website.

NEW INFORMATION 10/31/18: Oct 31: DHS Issues Federal Register Notice to continue TPS for four countries under Court Order


The Trump administration announced that it is ending temporary protected status (TPS) for Nicaraguans.  The administration still has made no decision as to Salvadorans and Hondurans.

TPS protection for Nicaraguans began in 1999.  TPS currently ends on January 6, 2018.  The law required the administration to make a decision as to any TPS extension for Nicaraguans before November 6, 2017.  Because the administration did not, the law requires that TPS be extended for 6 months. The administration is extending the deadline for more than the required six months.  TPS is now scheduled to end on January 5, 2019.  After January 5, 2019, any Nicaraguan with TPS will revert to whatever status or lack of status held prior to receiving TPS.  

It is very important that anyone from Nicaragua use this time to look at all his or her immigration options and to speak to a competent immigration attorney.   We at Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants program have a list of good attorneys who can provide accurate information.  This is a very important time for Nicaraguans with TPS to learn what, if any, immigration options might be available.


Hoy, el Presidente anuncio que está terminando estatus temporal protegido (TPS) para nicaragüenses. La administración no ha hecho una decisión sobre salvadoreños u hondureños.

Protección de TPS de Nicaragua empezó in 1999. El TPS actual de Nicaragua termina el 6 de Enero, 2018. La ley requiere que la administración hace una decisión sobre la extensión de TPS antes de Noviembre 6, 2017. Porque la administración no hice una decisión, la ley dice que hay que extender TPS por 6 meses. La administración extendió TPS para 12 meses, y ahorita va a vencer Enero 5, 2019. Después de 5 de Enero de 2019, todos los nicaragüenses volverán a cualquier estatus o falta de estatus de antes de recibir TPS.

Es muy importante que personas de Nicaragua usa este tiempo para revisar sus opciones inmigratorias y hablar con un abogado/a de inmigración competente. En nuestra sala de espera, tenemos una lista de abogados que pueden dar información correcta. Es un tiempo muy importante para nicaragüenses con TPS para averiguar sus opciones inmigratorias disponibles.


Barbara J. Graham
Attorney at Law

Catholic Charities Legal Services for Immigrants Program
731 W Washington St
Milwaukee, WI  53204

414-643-8570  Ext 4414


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