Central Americans who are legally in the U-S because their countries were slammed by natural disasters are getting an 18-month extension.From this USCIS PDF:
The Department of Homeland Security is allowing the added time for citizens of Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador who have Temporary Protected Status.
Salvadorans have had the status since early 2001 after two earthquakes killed 12-hundred people. Nicaraguans and Hondurans have had the designation since Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
"Although Honduras, Nicaragua, and El Salvador have made significant progress in their recovery and rebuilding efforts, each country continues to face social and economic challenges in their efforts to restore their nations to normalcy," said USCIS Director Emilio Gonzalez. "This 18 month extension reflects the United States' commitment to continue assisting our Central American neighbors on their road to recovery."Related from Feb 2006: "Temporary" Protected Status extended; preview of "guest" worker schemes
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