WASHINGTON- Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months from September 10, 2016 to March 9, 2018.
People with TPS are authorized to live and work in the United States and may not be removed or deported while they continue to meet the requirements of TPS. TPS beneficiaries may also be granted travel authorization as a matter of discretion. A grant of TPS does not result in or lead to lawful permanent resident status.
WHEN TO FILE:
To extend your current TPS, you must re-register during the 60-day period from July 8, 2016 to September 6, 2016.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
El Salvadorian nationals, and those who last habitually resided in El Salvador, and who currently hold valid TPS may re-register during this 60-day period. El Salvadorians who continuously resided in the U.S. since February 13, 2001 and who have been continuously present in the U.S. since March 9, 2001 may be eligible to receive TPS.
Additionally, in limited situations, USCIS may grant TPS to El Salvadorians who file their initial applications late if certain conditions are met. See, uscis.gov/tps for more information.
Current El Salvadorian TPS beneficiaries must re-register during the 60-day period from
July 8 - September 6, 2016. The 18-month extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Those who re-register during this 60-day period will receive automatic extensions of their current EADs valid to March 9, 2017 while they are waiting for their new EAD which will be valid to March 9, 2018.
PROOF OF AUTOMATIC EXTENSION OF WORK CARDS WITH EXPIRATION DATES OF JULY 5, 2016:
To prove that your EAD or work card is automatically extended, show your employer or government agencies the following:
1) Your TPS work card with July 5, 2016 expiration date, and
2) A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension.
WHAT TO SUBMIT TO USCIS?
1) Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (re-registrants do not need to pay the Form I-821 application fee);
2) Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, regardless of whether or not you want an EAD;
3) The Form I-765 application fee (or a fee waiver request*) if an EAD is requested, and
4) The biometric service fee (or a fee waiver*) if over age 14.
* Fee waiver requests are filed on Form I-912 with applicable evidence of financial need.
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