August 8, 2001
INS Extends Temporary Protected Status (TPS)
For Nationals of Montserrat
WASHINGTON The Immigration and Naturalization
Service today announced the extension of Temporary
Protected Status (TPS) for nationals of Montserrat for an
additional year until August 27, 2002.
The extension of TPS for Montserrat is effective August
27, 2001, and will remain in effect until August 27,
2002. Nationals of Montserrat who are currently
registered under the TPS program must re-register during
the 90-day period from August 3, 2001, until November 1,
Under the extension, those who already have TPS are
eligible to live and work in the United States for an
additional year and continue to maintain their status.
Applicants for extension can begin applying immediately.
The re-designation of TPS for Montserrat will affect
approximately 323 nationals.
Section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
authorizes the Attorney General to grant TPS to aliens in
the United States who are nationals of countries that are
subject to armed conflict, natural disaster or other
extraordinary conditions. On August 28, 1997, the
Attorney General designated Montserrat under the TPS
program. Since that time, the Attorney General and
Department of State have continuously examined conditions
in Montserrat and recently found that a further extension
is warranted due to the continued threat of further
volcanic eruption, the ongoing housing shortage, and the
serious health risks from volcanic ash.
To re-register for the extension a TPS applicant must
submit Form I-821 and Form I-765 (Application for
Employment Authorization), as well as two identification
photographs (1 ½ x 1 ½) to the local INS
district office in the jurisdiction of the re-registrant.
Both forms must be submitted for re-registration. If the
applicant is only seeking to re-register for TPS and not
seeking an EAD extension, there is no filing fee.
However, all applicants seeking an extension of
employment authorization until August 27, 2002 must
submit a $100 filing fee with Form I-765 (Application for
Employment Authorization). The applicant may request a
fee waiver in accordance with the regulations. The
applicant for an extension of TPS benefits do not need to
submit new fingerprints and therefore do not need to
submit a $25 fee. These forms are available from the
toll-free INS Forms line, 1-800-870-3676, or from the INS
Web site, www.ins.gov.
Those granted TPS must receive advance permission to
return to the United States before traveling abroad. This
advance permission is called Advance Parole. Failure to
obtain advance parole prior to traveling abroad may
result in the withdrawal of your TPS and/or the
institution or re-calendaring of removal proceedings.
Advance parole is issued on a case-by-case basis.
Individuals who are granted TPS may apply for advance
parole by filing Form I-131 at their local INS district
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