Today, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced
that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under El
Salvador’s designation who wish to maintain their status through
the effective termination date of September 9, 2019, need to re-register
between January 18, 2018, and March 12, 2018. Re-registration guidelines
have been published on the
All applicants must submit Form I-821 (Application for Temporary Protected
Status). Additionally, applications may also request an Employment Authorization
Document (EAD) by completing and submitting Form I-765 (Application for
Employment Authorization), either at the same time when filing Form I-821
or separately at a later date.
The government will issue new EADs with a September 9, 2019, expiration
date to eligible beneficiaries who re-register and apply for EADs in a
timely manner. Not all re-registrants, however, will receive new EADs
before their current EADs expire on March 9, 2018 due to re-registration
process. Therefore, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs
issues and currently valid under the TPS designation of El Salvador for
180 days, through September 5, 2018.
On January 8, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen decided
that statutory conditions supporting TPS designation for Salvadorans on
the basis of an environmental disaster no longer apply after reviewing
country conditions and consulting with U.S. government agencies. She also
delayed the effective date of the termination for 18 months from the current
expiration date of March 9, 2018, to allow time for an orderly transition.
Due to the delayed effective date, El Salvador’s TPS designation
will end on September 9, 2019.
If you are a Salvadoran with TPS in Southern California,
Santa Barbara immigration lawyers at
Appel & Morse to discuss your eligibility for another immigration status or benefit.