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					                                               24734                         Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 86 / Wednesday, May 5, 2010 / Notices

                                               electronic mail to                                         Dated: April 28, 2010.                             January 5, 2011, and explains how TPS
                                               oira.submission@omb.eop.gov or faxed                    Samuel C. Smith,                                      beneficiaries and their employers may
                                               to (202) 395–5806.                                      Acting Director, Records Management                   determine which EADs are
                                                                                                       Division, Mission Support Bureau, Federal             automatically extended.
                                               FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:                        Emergency Management Agency, Department
                                               Requests for additional information or                                                                        DATES: The extension of the TPS
                                                                                                       of Homeland Security.
                                               copies of the information collection                                                                          designation of Honduras is effective July
                                                                                                       [FR Doc. 2010–10537 Filed 5–4–10; 8:45 am]
                                               should be made to Director, Records                                                                           6, 2010, and will remain in effect
                                                                                                       BILLING CODE 9111–23–P
                                               Management Division, 1800 South Bell                                                                          through January 5, 2012. The 60-day re-
                                               Street, Arlington, VA 20598–3005,                                                                             registration period begins May 5, 2010,
                                               facsimile number (202) 646–3347, or                                                                           and will remain in effect until July 6,
                                                                                                       DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
                                               e-mail address FEMA-Information-                                                                              2010.
                                                                                                       SECURITY
                                               Collections-Management@dhs.gov.                                                                               FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                                                                                       Citizenship and Immigration Services                     • For further information on TPS,
                                               SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                                                                                                       [CIS No. 2487–09; DHS Docket No. USCIS                including guidance on the application
                                               Collection of Information                               2010–0030]                                            process and additional information on
                                                                                                                                                             eligibility, please visit the USCIS Web
                                                 Title: Disaster Assistance Registration.              RIN 1615–ZA93
                                                                                                                                                             site at http://www.uscis.gov. Select
                                                 Type of information collection:                                                                             ‘‘Temporary Protected Status’’ from the
                                                                                                       Extension of the Designation of
                                               Revision of a currently approved                                                                              homepage. You can find detailed
                                                                                                       Honduras for Temporary Protected
                                               information collection. The type of                                                                           information about this TPS extension on
                                                                                                       Status and Automatic Extension of
                                               collection has changed since                                                                                  our Web site at the Honduran Questions
                                                                                                       Employment Authorization
                                               publication of the 60-day Federal                                                                             & Answers Section.
                                                                                                       Documentation for Honduran TPS
                                               Register Notice at 74 FR 68851,                                                                                  • You can also contact the TPS
                                                                                                       Beneficiaries
                                               December 29, 2009.                                                                                            Operations Program Manager, Status
                                                 OMB Number: 1660–0002.                                AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and                          and Family Branch, Service Center
                                                                                                       Immigration Services, DHS.                            Operations Directorate, U.S. Citizenship
                                                 Form Titles and Numbers: FEMA
                                                                                                       ACTION: Notice.                                       and Immigration Services, Department
                                               Form 009–0–1 (Replaces 90–69),
                                               Application/Registration for Disaster                                                                         of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts
                                                                                                       SUMMARY: This Notice announces that
                                               Assistance; FEMA Form 009–0–2                                                                                 Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20529–
                                                                                                       the Secretary of Homeland Security
                                               (Replaces 90–69A), Solicitud/Registro                                                                         2060, telephone (202) 272–1533. This is
                                                                                                       (Secretary) has extended the designation
                                               Para Asistencia De Resastre; FEMA                                                                             not a toll-free call. Note: The phone
                                                                                                       of Honduras for temporary protected
                                               Form 009–0–3 (Replaces 90–69B),                                                                               number provided here is solely for
                                                                                                       status (TPS) for 18 months from its
                                               Declaration and Release; FEMA Form                                                                            questions regarding this TPS notice. It is
                                                                                                       current expiration date of July 5, 2010,
                                               009–0–4 (Replaces 90–69C), Declaracion   ´                                                                    not for individual case status inquiries.
                                                                                                       through January 5, 2012. This Notice
                                                             ´
                                               Y Autorizacion; FEMA Form 009–0–5                                                                             Applicants seeking information about
                                                                                                       also sets forth procedures necessary for
                                               (Replaces 90–69D), Receipt for                                                                                the status of their individual cases can
                                                                                                       nationals of Honduras (or aliens having
                                               Government Property; FEMA Form 009–                                                                           check Case Status Online available at
                                                                                                       no nationality who last habitually
                                               0–6 (Replaces 90–69E), Recibo de                                                                              the USCIS Web site at http://
                                                                                                       resided in Honduras) with TPS to re-
                                               Propiedad del Gobierno.                                                                                       www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS
                                                                                                       register and to apply for an extension of
                                                                                                                                                             National Customer Service Center at 1–
                                                 Abstract: Disaster Assistance                         their employment authorization
                                                                                                                                                             800–375–5283 (TTY 1–800–767–1833).
                                               Registration is a program used to                       documents (EADs) with U.S.
                                                                                                                                                                • Further information will also be
                                               provide financial assistance and, if                    Citizenship and Immigration Services
                                                                                                                                                             available at local USCIS offices upon
                                               necessary, direct assistance to eligible                (USCIS). Re-registration is limited to
                                                                                                                                                             publication of this Notice.
                                               individuals and households who, as a                    persons who previously registered for
                                                                                                       TPS under the designation of Honduras                 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                                               direct result of a disaster, have
                                               uninsured or under-insured, necessary                   and whose applications have been                      Abbreviations and Terms Used in This
                                               expenses and serious needs and are                      granted or remain pending. Certain                    Document
                                               unable to meet such expenses or needs                   nationals of Honduras (or aliens having
                                                                                                       no nationality who last habitually                    Act—Immigration and Nationality Act
                                               through other financial means. The
                                               instruments used in this collection                     resided in Honduras) who have not                     DHS—Department of Homeland
                                               collect the information necessary to                    previously applied for TPS may be                       Security
                                               determine the appropriate level of                      eligible to apply under the late initial              DOS—Department of State
                                               assistance to each individual.                          registration provisions.                              EAD—Employment Authorization
                                                                                                          New EADs with a January 5, 2012,                     Document
                                                 Affected Public: Individuals or                                                                             OSC—U.S. Department of Justice, Office
                                                                                                       expiration date will be issued to eligible
                                               Households.                                                                                                     of Special Counsel for Immigration
                                                                                                       TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register
                                                 Estimated Number of Respondents:                      and apply for EADs. Given the                           Related Unfair Employment Practices
                                               1,718,291.                                              timeframes involved with processing                   PRRAC—European Union’s Regional
                                                 Frequency of Response: On Occasion.                   TPS re-registration applications, the                   Program for the Reconstruction of
                                                                                                       Department of Homeland Security                         Central America
                                                 Estimated Average Hour Burden per
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                                                                                                       recognizes the possibility that all re-               Secretary—Secretary of Homeland
                                               Respondent: .32 hours.
                                                                                                       registrants may not receive new EADs                    Security
                                                 Estimated Total Annual Burden                         until after their current EADs expire on              TPS—Temporary Protected Status
                                               Hours: 555,009 hours.                                   July 5, 2010. Accordingly, this Notice                USAID—U.S. Agency for International
                                                 Estimated Cost: There is no operation,                automatically extends the validity of                   Development
                                               maintenance, start-up or capital cost                   EADs issued under the TPS designation                 USCIS—U.S. Citizenship and
                                               associated with this collection.                        of Honduras for 6 months, through                       Immigration Services


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                                               What is Temporary Protected Status?                     When was Honduras designated for                      production and the increased likelihood
                                                                                                       TPS?                                                  of flooding, landslides, and forest fires.
                                                 • TPS is an immigration status                                                                                 All health centers were fully
                                               granted to eligible nationals of a country                On January 5, 1999, the Attorney                    operational and almost all schools had
                                               designated for TPS under the Act (or to                 General designated Honduras for TPS                   reopened by the end of 1999. However,
                                               persons without nationality who last                    based on an environmental disaster                    in those cases where people had to be
                                               habitually resided in the designated                    within that country, specifically the                 relocated, infrastructure and personnel
                                               country).                                               devastation resulting from Hurricane                  for health and education services, as
                                                 • During the period for which the                     Mitch. 64 FR 524. See section                         well as employment opportunities, were
                                               Secretary has designated a country for                  244(a)(b)(1)(B) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.                  reported to be unavailable.
                                               TPS, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to                  1254a(b)(1)(B). The last extension of                    Despite improvements in the road
                                               remain in the United States and may                     TPS for Honduras was announced on                     network, the infrastructure remains
                                               obtain work authorization, so long as                   October 1, 2008, based on the                         basic and vulnerable to further damage
                                               they continue to meet the terms and                     Secretary’s determination that the                    from adverse climatic conditions. In
                                               conditions of their TPS status.                         conditions warranting the designation                 fact, in October 2008, half the country’s
                                                 • The granting of TPS does not lead                   continued to be met. 73 FR 57133. This                roads were damaged or destroyed in
                                               to permanent resident status.                           announcement is the ninth extension of                flooding caused by heavy continuous
                                                 • When the Secretary terminates a                     TPS for Honduras.                                     rains brought by Tropical Depression
                                               country’s TPS designation, beneficiaries                                                                      Sixteen. In addition, other natural
                                                                                                       Why is the Secretary extending the TPS
                                               return to the same immigration status                                                                         disasters have occurred since Hurricane
                                                                                                       designation for Honduras through
                                               they maintained before TPS (unless that                                                                       Mitch, including flooding in October
                                                                                                       January 5, 2012?
                                               status has since expired or been                                                                              2008 and an earthquake in May 2009,
                                               terminated) or to any other status they                    Over the past year, DHS and the                    which have further delayed the recovery
                                               may have obtained while registered for                  Department of State (DOS) have                        from Hurricane Mitch. These disasters
                                               TPS.                                                    continued to review conditions in                     themselves have also caused extensive
                                                                                                       Honduras. Based on this review, and                   additional disruption in the affected
                                               What authority does the Secretary of                                                                          regions and much of the damaged
                                                                                                       after consulting with the Department of
                                               Homeland Security have to extend the                                                                          infrastructure has still not been repaired
                                                                                                       State, the Secretary has determined that
                                               designation of Honduras for TPS?                                                                              or replaced.
                                                                                                       an 18-month extension is warranted
                                                  Section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration                 because there continues to be a                          Honduras is also currently unable to
                                               and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C.                           substantial, but temporary, disruption of             handle adequately the return of tens of
                                               1254a(b)(1), authorizes the Secretary,                  living conditions in Honduras resulting               thousands of its nationals who now
                                               after consultation with appropriate                     from Hurricane Mitch, and Honduras                    have TPS but no other immigration
                                               agencies of the government, to designate                remains unable, temporarily, to                       status in the United States. Their return
                                               a foreign State (or part thereof) for TPS.1             adequately handle the return of its                   would greatly aggravate Honduras’
                                               The Secretary may then grant TPS to                     nationals.                                            deteriorating economy by increasing
                                               eligible nationals of that foreign State                                                                      unemployment. Honduras had a per
                                                                                                          Hurricane Mitch resulted in the loss
                                               (or aliens having no nationality who last                                                                     capita gross domestic product of U.S.
                                                                                                       of thousands of lives, displacement of
                                               habitually resided in that State). Section                                                                    $1,845 in 2008; an estimated 59 percent
                                                                                                       thousands more, collapse of physical
                                               244(a)(1)(A) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.                                                                             of Honduran households live in poverty;
                                                                                                       infrastructure, and severe damage to the
                                               1254a(a)(1)(A).                                                                                               and 36 percent of the labor force was
                                                                                                       country’s economic system. See 64 FR
                                                  At least 60 days before the expiration                                                                     unemployed or underemployed in 2008.
                                                                                                       524 (Jan. 5, 1999) (discussing
                                               of a TPS designation, the Secretary, after                                                                    The 2009 political crisis exacerbated the
                                                                                                       devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch).
                                               consultation with appropriate agencies                                                                        effects of the global economic downturn
                                                                                                       The Department of State reports that the
                                               of the government, must review the                                                                            in Honduras by significantly reducing
                                                                                                       government and people of Honduras
                                               conditions in a foreign State designated                                                                      economic activity, particularly in the
                                                                                                       continue to rely heavily on international
                                               for TPS to determine whether the                                                                              industrial and tourist sectors, and
                                                                                                       assistance, and recovery from Hurricane
                                               conditions for the TPS designation                                                                            increasing unemployment. Honduras
                                                                                                       Mitch is still incomplete.
                                               continue to be met and, if so, must                                                                           therefore remains ill-equipped to handle
                                                                                                          An estimated 80,000 to over 200,000                adequately the return of Hondurans in
                                               determine the length of an extension of                 dwellings were destroyed or severely
                                               the TPS designation. Section                                                                                  the United States who are TPS
                                                                                                       damaged due to Hurricane Mitch. By                    beneficiaries.
                                               244(b)(3)(A), (C) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.                  2005, nongovernmental organizations                      Based on this review and after
                                               1254a(b)(3)(A), (C). If the Secretary                   had repaired or built over 15,000                     consultation with the appropriate
                                               determines that the foreign State no                    housing units. However, much of the                   Government agencies, the Secretary
                                               longer meets the conditions for the TPS                 housing still lacked water and                        finds that:
                                               designation, the Secretary must                         electricity. In May 2006, the Honduran                   • The conditions that prompted the
                                               terminate the designation. Section                      government said that more than 600,000                January 5, 1999, designation of
                                               244(b)(3)(B) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.                       people live in areas designated as ‘‘high             Honduras for TPS continue to be met.
                                               1254a(b)(3)(B).                                         risk’’ for flooding. The erosion of                   See section 244(b)(3)(A) of the Act, 8
                                                                                                       agricultural land caused by Mitch has                 U.S.C. 1254a(b)(3)(A).
                                                                                                                                                                • There continues to be a substantial,
                                                 1 As of March 1, 2003, in accordance with section
                                                                                                       not been reversed. The increased
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                                               1517 of title XV of the Homeland Security Act of
                                               2002 (HSA), Public Law 107–296, 116 Stat. 2135,
                                                                                                       sedimentation caused by Hurricane                     but temporary, disruption in living
                                               any reference to the Attorney General in a provision    Mitch to many rivers and streams has                  conditions in Honduras as the result of
                                               of the Immigration and Nationality Act describing       also not been reversed, causing them to               an environmental disaster. See section
                                               functions transferred under the HSA from the            rise above their banks and flood                      244(b)(1)(B) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.
                                               Department of Justice to the Department of
                                               Homeland Security ‘‘shall be deemed to refer to the
                                                                                                       surrounding areas even with minimal                   1254a(b)(1)(B).
                                               Secretary’’ of Homeland Security. See 6 U.S.C. 557      levels of rain. This has caused a                        • Honduras continues to be unable,
                                               (2003) (codifying HSA, tit. XV, sec. 1517).             decrease in land available for food                   temporarily, to adequately handle the


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                                               return of its nationals (or aliens having               determination, I am extending the TPS                 age 14 through 65. No EAD fee is
                                               no nationality who last habitually                      designation of Honduras for 18 months                 required if you are under the age of 14
                                               resided in Honduras). See section                       from July 6, 2010, through January 5,                 or over the age of 65 and filing for late
                                               244(b)(1)(B) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.                       2012.                                                 initial TPS registration.
                                               1254a(b)(1)(B).                                                                                                  • You do not pay the Form I–765 fee
                                                 • The designation of Honduras for                     Janet Napolitano,
                                                                                                       Secretary.
                                                                                                                                                             if you are not requesting an EAD.
                                               TPS should be extended for an                                                                                    You must submit both completed
                                               additional 18-month period. See section                 Required Application Forms and                        application forms together. You may
                                               244(b)(3)(C) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.                       Application Fees To Register or Re-                   apply for application and/or biometrics
                                               1254a(b)(3)(C).                                         register for TPS
                                                 • There are approximately 66,000                                                                            fee waivers if you are unable to pay and
                                               nationals of Honduras (or aliens having                   To register or re-register for TPS, an              you can provide proof through
                                               no nationality who last habitually                      applicant must submit:                                satisfactory supporting documentation.
                                               resided in Honduras) who are eligible                     1. Form I–821, Application for                      For more information on the application
                                               for TPS under this extended                             Temporary Protected Status,                           forms and application fees for TPS,
                                               designation.                                              • You only need to pay the Form I–                  please visit the USCIS Web site at
                                                                                                       821 application fee if you are filing an              http://www.uscis.gov.
                                               Notice of Extension of the TPS                          application for late initial registration.
                                               Designation of Honduras                                                                                       Biometric Services Fee
                                                                                                         • You do not need to pay the Form
                                                  By the authority vested in me as                     I–821 fee for a re-registration; and                     Biometrics (such as fingerprints) are
                                               Secretary of Homeland Security under                      2. Form I–765, Application for                      required for all applicants 14 years of
                                               section 244 of the Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a,                 Employment Authorization.                             age or older. Those applicants must
                                               I have determined after consultation                      • If you are filing for re-registration,            submit a biometric services fee. For
                                               with the appropriate government                         you must pay the Form I–765                           more information on the biometric
                                               agencies that the conditions that                       application fee if you want an                        services fee, please visit the USCIS Web
                                               prompted designation of Honduras for                    employment authorization document                     site at http://www.uscis.gov.
                                               temporary protected status (TPS) on                     (EAD).                                                Mailing Information
                                               January 5, 1999, continue to be met. See                  • If you are filing for late initial
                                               section 244(b)(3)(A) of the Act, 8 U.S.C.               registration and want an EAD, you must                  Mail your application for TPS to the
                                               1254a(b)(3)(A). On the basis of this                    pay the Form I–765 fee only if you are                proper address in Table 1:

                                                                                                             TABLE 1—MAILING ADDRESSES
                                                                                     If . . .                                                                     Mail to . . .

                                               You are applying for re-registration through US Postal Service ..............        USCIS, Attn: TPS Honduras, P.O. Box 6943, Chicago, IL 60680–6943.
                                               You are applying for the first time as a late initial registrant through US          U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Attn: TPS Honduras, P.O.
                                                 Postal Service.                                                                      Box 6943, Chicago, IL 60680–6943.
                                               You are using a Non-US Postal Service delivery service for both re-                  USCIS, Attn: TPS Honduras, 131 S. Dearborn—3rd Floor, Chicago, IL
                                                 registration and first time late initial registration.                               60603–5517.
                                               You were granted TPS by an Immigration Judge (IJ) or the Board of                    USCIS, Attn: TPS Honduras, P.O. Box 7332, Chicago, IL 60680–7332.
                                                 Immigration Appeals (BIA), and you wish to request an EAD or are
                                                 re-registering for the first time.



                                               E-Filing                                                  • You must be a national of Honduras                their extended TPS-based EADs, as
                                                  If you are re-registering for TPS                    (or an alien having no nationality who                described above, to their employers as
                                               during the re-registration period and                   last habitually resided in Honduras)                  proof of identity and employment
                                                                                                       who has applied for and received an                   authorization through January 5, 2011.
                                               you do not need to submit any
                                                                                                       EAD under the designation of Honduras                 To minimize confusion over this
                                               supporting documents or evidence, you
                                                                                                       for TPS, and                                          extension at the time of hire or re-
                                               are eligible to file your applications
                                                                                                         • You have not had TPS withdrawn                    verification, qualified individuals may
                                               electronically. For more information on
                                                                                                       or denied.                                            also present a copy of this Federal
                                               e-filing, please visit the USCIS E-Filing
                                                                                                         This automatic extension is limited to              Register notice regarding the automatic
                                               Reference Guide at the USCIS Web site
                                                                                                       EADs issued on Form I–766,                            extension of employment authorization
                                               at http://www.uscis.gov.
                                                                                                       Employment Authorization Document,                    documentation through January 5, 2011.
                                               Employment Authorization Document                       bearing an expiration date of July 5,                    After January 5, 2011, TPS
                                               (EAD)                                                   2010. These EADs must also bear the                   beneficiaries may present their EADs on
                                                                                                       notation ‘‘A–12’’ or ‘‘C–19’’ on the face of          Form I–766 with an extension date of
                                               May I request an interim EAD at my                                                                            January 5, 2012, to their employers as
                                                                                                       the card under ‘‘Category.’’
                                               local USCIS office?                                                                                           proof of employment authorization and
                                                 No. USCIS will not issue interim                      What documents may a qualified                        identity. The EAD will bear the notation
                                               EADs to TPS applicants and re-                          individual show to his or her employer                ‘‘A–12’’ or ‘‘C–19’’ on the face of the card
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                                               registrants at local offices.                           as proof of employment authorization                  under ‘‘Category.’’ After January 5, 2011,
                                                                                                       and identity when completing Form I–9?                employers may not accept EADs that no
                                               Am I eligible to receive an automatic 6-                  During the first six months of this                 longer have a valid date.
                                               month EAD extension from July 6, 2010,                  extension, qualified individuals who                     Employers should not request proof of
                                               through January 5, 2011?                                have received a 6-month automatic                     Honduran citizenship. Employers
                                                 To receive an automatic 6-month                       extension of their EADs by virtue of this             should accept the EADs as valid ‘‘List A’’
                                               extension of your EAD:                                  Federal Register notice may present                   documents. Employers should not ask


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                                               for additional Form I–9 documentation                   through January 5, 2012. This Notice                  Applicants seeking information about
                                               if presented with an EAD that has been                  also sets forth procedures necessary for              the status of their individual cases can
                                               automatically extended or a new valid                   nationals of Nicaragua (or aliens having              check Case Status Online available at
                                               EAD pursuant to this Federal Register                   no nationality who last habitually                    the USCIS Web site at http://
                                               notice, and the EAD reasonably appears                  resided in Nicaragua) with TPS to re-                 www.uscis.gov, or call the USCIS
                                               on its face to be genuine and to relate                 register and to apply for an extension of             National Customer Service Center at 1–
                                               to the employee. Employees also may                     their employment authorization                        800–375–5283 (TTY 1–800–767–1833).
                                               present any other legally acceptable                    documents (EADs) with U.S.                              • Further information will also be
                                               document or combination of documents                    Citizenship and Immigration Services                  available at local USCIS offices upon
                                               listed on the Form I–9 as proof of                      (USCIS). Re-registration is limited to                publication of this Notice.
                                               identity and employment eligibility.                    persons who previously registered for                 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
                                               Note to Employers                                       TPS under the designation of Nicaragua
                                                                                                                                                             Abbreviations and Terms Used in This
                                                                                                       and whose applications have been
                                                 Employers are reminded that the laws                                                                        Document
                                                                                                       granted or remain pending. Certain
                                               requiring employment eligibility                        nationals of Nicaragua (or aliens having              Act—Immigration and Nationality Act
                                               verification and prohibiting unfair                     no nationality who last habitually                    DHS—Department of Homeland
                                               immigration-related employment                          resided in Nicaragua) who have not                      Security
                                               practices remain in full force. This                    previously applied for TPS may be                     DOS—Department of State
                                               Notice does not supersede or in any way                 eligible to apply under the late initial              EAD—Employment Authorization
                                               limit applicable employment                             registration provisions.                                Document
                                               verification rules and policy guidance,                    New EADs with a January 5, 2012,                   OSC—U.S. Department of Justice, Office
                                               including those rules setting forth re-                 expiration date will be issued to eligible              of Special Counsel for Immigration
                                               verification requirements. For questions,               TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register                Related Unfair Employment Practices
                                               employers may call the USCIS Customer                                                                         PRRAC—European Union’s Regional
                                                                                                       and apply for EADs. Given the
                                               Assistance Office at 1–800–357–2099.                                                                            Program for the Reconstruction of
                                                                                                       timeframes involved with processing
                                               Employers may also call the U.S.                                                                                Central America
                                                                                                       TPS re-registration applications, the
                                               Department of Justice Office of Special                                                                       Secretary—Secretary of Homeland
                                                                                                       Department of Homeland Security
                                               Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair                                                                          Security
                                                                                                       recognizes the possibility that all re-               TPS—Temporary Protected Status
                                               Employment Practices (OSC) Employer                     registrants may not receive new EADs                  USCIS—U.S. Citizenship and
                                               Hotline at 1–800–255–8155.                              until after their current EADs expire on                Immigration Services
                                               Note to Employees                                       July 5, 2010. Accordingly, this Notice
                                                                                                       automatically extends the validity of                 What is Temporary Protected Status?
                                                 Employees or applicants may call the
                                               OSC Employee Hotline at 1–800–255–
                                                                                                       EADs issued under the TPS designation                   • TPS is an immigration status
                                                                                                       of Nicaragua for 6 months, through                    granted to eligible nationals of a country
                                               7688 for information regarding the                      January 5, 2011, and explains how TPS
                                               automatic extension. Additional                                                                               designated for TPS under the Act (or to
                                                                                                       beneficiaries and their employers may                 persons without nationality who last
                                               information is available on the OSC                     determine which EADs are
                                               Web site at http://www.justice.gov/crt/                                                                       habitually resided in the designated
                                                                                                       automatically extended.                               country).
                                               osc/.
                                                                                                       DATES: The extension of the TPS                         • During the period for which the
                                               [FR Doc. 2010–10620 Filed 5–4–10; 8:45 am]              designation of Nicaragua is effective                 Secretary has designated a country for
                                               BILLING CODE 9111–97–P                                  July 6, 2010, and will remain in effect               TPS, TPS beneficiaries are eligible to
                                                                                                       through January 5, 2012. The 60-day re-               remain in the United States and may
                                                                                                       registration period begins May 5, 2010,               obtain work authorization, so long as
                                               DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND                                  and will remain in effect until July 6,               they continue to meet the terms and
                                               SECURITY                                                2010.                                                 conditions of their TPS status.
                                                                                                       FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
                                                                                                                                                               • The granting of TPS does not lead
                                               Citizenship and Immigration Services
                                                                                                          • For further information on TPS,                  to permanent resident status.
                                               [CIS No. 2488–09; DHS Docket No. USCIS
                                                                                                       including guidance on the application                   • When the Secretary terminates a
                                               2010–0031]                                                                                                    country’s TPS designation, beneficiaries
                                                                                                       process and additional information on
                                               RIN 1615–ZA94                                           eligibility, please visit the USCIS Web               return to the same immigration status
                                                                                                       site at http://www.uscis.gov. Select                  they maintained before TPS (unless that
                                               Extension of the Designation of                         ‘‘Temporary Protected Status’’ from the               status has since expired or been
                                               Nicaragua for Temporary Protected                       homepage. You can find detailed                       terminated) or to any other status they
                                               Status and Automatic Extension of                       information about this TPS extension on               may have obtained while registered for
                                               Employment Authorization                                our Web site at the Nicaraguan                        TPS.
                                               Documentation for Nicaraguan TPS                        Questions & Answers Section.                          What authority does the Secretary of
                                               Beneficiaries                                              • You can also contact the TPS                     Homeland Security have to extend the
                                               AGENCY: U.S. Citizenship and                            Operations Program Manager, Status                    designation of Nicaragua for TPS?
                                               Immigration Services, Department of                     and Family Branch, Service Center
                                                                                                                                                                Section 244(b)(1) of the Immigration
                                               Homeland Security (DHS).                                Operations Directorate, U.S. Citizenship
                                                                                                                                                             and Nationality Act (the Act), 8 U.S.C.
                                               ACTION: Notice.                                         and Immigration Services, Department
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                                                                                                                                                             1254a(b)(1), authorizes the Secretary,
                                                                                                       of Homeland Security, 20 Massachusetts
                                                                                                                                                             after consultation with appropriate
                                               SUMMARY: This Notice announces that                     Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20529–
                                                                                                                                                             agencies of the government, to designate
                                               the Secretary of Homeland Security                      2060, telephone (202) 272–1533. This is
                                                                                                                                                             a foreign State (or part thereof) for TPS.1
                                               (Secretary) has extended the designation                not a toll-free call. Note: The phone
                                               of Nicaragua for temporary protected                    number provided here is solely for                      1 As of March 1, 2003, in accordance with section
                                               status (TPS) for 18 months from its                     questions regarding this TPS notice. It is            1517 of title XV of the Homeland Security Act of
                                               current expiration date of July 5, 2010,                not for individual case status inquiries.                                                       Continued




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