August 30, 2000
Protected Status for Bosnia-Herzegovina to End
Designation Will Expire on February 10, 2001
WASHINGTON – The Attorney General is terminating the
designation of Bosnia-Herzegovina under the Temporary
Protected Status (TPS) program after a final six-month
extension. The Attorney General made this decision after
reviewing country conditions and consulting with the
appropriate government agencies. However, in order to comply
with statutory timeframes, designation of Bosnia-Herzegovina
will be extended for a final six months, until February 10,
2001, before it can be terminated. After that date, aliens
with TPS who are nationals of Bosnia-Herzegovina (and aliens
having no nationality who most recently resided in
Bosnia-Herzegovina) will no longer have that status.
If I currently have TPS, how do I register for the
Persons currently registered under TPS who desire an
extension must re-register by filing both the TPS application
(Form I-821) and an application for employment authorization
(Form I-765) with their local INS District Office.
Applications for re-registration must be received no later
than September 30, 2000. For re-registration, there is no
fee for Form I-821. However, a $100 fee must accompany Form
I-765 if an applicant requests employment authorization.
If the applicant does not require employment
authorization or already has employment authorization, Form
I-765 is still required but no fee is necessary.
These forms are available from the toll-free INS Forms
line, 1-800-870-3676, and from the INS Web site, www.ins.usdoj.gov.
An applicant may request a waiver of TPS-related
application fees by submitting proper documentation of
inability to pay.
What can I do if I feel that my return to
Bosnia-Herzegovina is unsafe?
The Attorney General has terminated the designation of
Bosnia-Herzegovina under the TPS program after February 10,
2001. There may be other avenues of immigration relief
available to aliens who are nationals of Bosnia-Herzegovina
(and aliens having no nationality who last habitually resided
in Bosnia-Herzegovina) in the United States who believe that
their particular circumstances make return to
Bosnia-Herzegovina unsafe. Such avenues may include, but are
not limited to, asylum or withholding of removal. In addition,
these nationals may also apply for any non-immigrant or
immigrant visa for which they qualify.
Can people with TPS travel outside of the country?
TPS registrants who need to travel outside the United
States during the final six months must receive advance parole
from their INS office prior to departing the United States.
Failure to do so may jeopardize their ability to return to the
United States. Advance parole, which is issued on a
case-by-case basis, allows an individual to travel abroad and
return to the United States. Individuals who are granted TPS
may apply for advance parole by filing Form I-131 at their
local INS district office.
How does the termination of TPS affect former TPS
After the designation of Bosnia-Herzegovina for TPS is
terminated on February 10, 2001, aliens who are nationals of
Bosnia-Herzegovina (and aliens having no nationality who last
habitually resided in Bosnia-Herzegovina) will revert back to
the immigration status they had prior to TPS, unless they have
been granted another immigration status.
The stay of removal and eligibility for employment
authorization due to the designation of Bosnia-Herzegovina
under the TPS program will no longer be available. However,
the termination of the TPS designation for Bosnia-Herzegovina
will not affect any pending applications for other forms of
Those persons who received TPS under the Bosnia-Herzegovina
designation will begin to accrue unlawful presence as of
February 10, 2001, if they have not been granted any other
immigration benefit or have no application for such a benefit
pending. Under the 1996 Immigration Act, aliens who accrue 180
days to 364 days of unlawful presence may be barred from
admission to the United States for a period of three years.
Aliens who accrue 365 days or more of unlawful presence may be
barred from admission to the United States for a period of 10
Does this notice affect people granted TPS from the
No, this only affects those people who were granted TPS
under the Bosnia-Herzegovina designation. The TPS designation
for the Kosovo Province will continue until December 6, 2000
as previously announced in the Federal Register.
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