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USCIS Opens Re-Registration for Salvadorians with Temporary Protected Status

uscis-imageSalvadorians with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who wish to maintain their status past the termination date of September 9, 2019 can now re-register and renew their immigration designation, beginning on January 18, 2018 to March 19, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced on Thursday.

Below are a few reminders for TPS beneficiaries and applicants:

  • Applicants are expected to submit the usual requirements, particularly the Application for Temporary Protected Status (Form I-1821).
  • Those who have been, or seek to be, authorized to work in the country must also submit a request for an Employment Authorization Document (EAD) along with a completed Application for Employment Authorization (Form I-765).
  • Applicants may submit their employment authorization requirements along with their Form I-1821 or in a separate submission.

Salvadorian TPS holders who successfully accomplish their employment authorization requirements on time will receive their new EADs, due to expire along with their TPS on September 9, 2019.

USCIS acknowledges that the timeframe for TPS re-registration may be challenging for some to meet. The TPS re-registration process takes a considerable amount of time, potentially endangering the employment status of those who depend on their TPS to legally work in the country due to delays in receiving their EAD before their current one expires in March 9.

As such, the agency has extended the validity of all current Salvadorian-held EADs for 180 days, effectively expiring by September 5, 2018.

This may, however, be the last extension for the protected immigration status of El Salvador nationals as per an announcement made earlier this month by Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen. According to Homeland Security’s assessment of El Salvador’s present situation, the conditions in the Central American country are such that it no longer meets the statutory conditions required for it to maintain its TPS designation.

In other words, the country is safe enough for Salvadorians to return home, or so Homeland Security believes.

As a result of the review of El Salvador’s conditions and in consultation with other concerned US government agencies, Secretary Nielsen decided to terminate El Salvador’s TPS designation. She has, however, pushed back their protected status’s termination date by another 18 months, or from the current March 9, 2018 expiration date to September 9, 2019.

Secretary Nielsen explained she had given Salvadorian TPS holders the grace period to allow them to end their stay in the United States in an orderly manner and adjust to their situation accordingly.

Salvadorian TPS holders also have this time to seek legal counsel from qualified immigration attorneys pertaining to their situations. They have also been advised to search for other immigration statuses they may apply for in order to extend their stay in the US.

Procedures for TPS re-registration and EAD application may all be found on the USCIS official website.

If you, or a loved one, are under Temporary Protected Status and would like to know how these designation changes might affect you, talk to the immigration law experts of the Lyttle Law Firm and discuss your legal options. Call our offices today at (512) 215.5225 to schedule a consultation with Austin immigration attorney Daniella Lyttle.