The Department of Homeland Security has extended Temporary Protected Status for Hondurans and Nicaraguans for an additional 18 months starting July 6, the government announced Wednesday.

The DHS also said that the current Honduran and Nicaraguan beneficiaries who are seeking to extend their own TPS eligibility must register again between now and June 3.

The 18-month extension of TPS also allows the beneficiaries to request a work permit valid until Jan. 5, 2015.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services also warned that there will be cases where the beneficiaries do not receive this new document until the old one expires.

The U.S. government authorized TPS for Honduras and Nicaragua during the mandate of Democratic President Bill Clinton after Hurricane Mitch caused substantial damage and hundreds of thousands of homeless in those countries in 1998, and since then that status has been renewed on 10 occasions.

The special status benefits some 70,000 Hondurans and 3,000 Nicaraguans. EFE