Delays and problems in issuing work permits for Hondurans, Nicaraguans and Salvadorans

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) warned that a series of problems in the issuance of employment authorization cards is hurting Hondurans and Nicaraguans under Temporary Protected Status (TPS), and will continue to affect Salvadorans under TPS in the coming months.

Due to delays in the processing of TPS applications, USCIS will be sending out Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for Hondurans and Nicaraguans with a temporary validity of 90 days. These temporary cards extend work authorization for Hondurans and Nicaraguans from January 6 through April 5, 2011.

If you are Honduran or Nicaraguan and receive a temporary card, this does not mean that your TPS application has been denied. A final decision on your case will be mailed to you.

These temporary cards will be mailed within the next 2 weeks. If you do not receive your work permit by the week of February 21, contact USCIS customer service at 1-800-375-5283.

On the other hand, it was discovered that approximately 400 employment authorization cards for Salvadorans were issued and mailed with incorrect expiration dates. These cards are for cases that have been approved, but whose validity dates are erroneous. The error has been corrected and new cards are being mailed.