Articles Tagged with Temporary Protected Status

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stampAs an El Salvador immigrant, if you are living and working in the USA under the El Salvador Temporary Protected Status, you must register again for your 10-month extension within the 60-day time frame that started on January 7, 2015 and ends on March 9, 2015. The extension you’re applying for will be valid from March 10, 2015 through September 9, 2016. If you do not submit your registration by this date, you could lose your TPS and also your right to work.

Applying for Re-registration

If you apply for re-registration online, you’ll need to fill out both the I-821 and I-765 forms. If you are submitting a paper application, you can use the mailing address listed in the Federal Register or on the TPS website that’s specific to your country.  Do remember that you won’t pay any fees unless you’re applying for the first time. First time applicants cannot file online and must submit a paper application, as well as the application fee of $50.

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hlsEmployers have been warned by the Justice Department to stop seeking additional work permit authorization documents from Salvadorans, who have been awarded Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  The announcement was made to coincide with the release of an educational video, which aims to remind employers that Salvadoran immigrants with TPS can continue working in the US, even beyond the original expiration date of March 9, 2015. The Department of Homeland Security extended this expiration date earlier in the month.

The “reminder” video features a conversation between two HR managers, who are seen debating the need for new work permits for employees whose work authorization documents are expiring soon.  The educational video highlights how new documents are not required in this particular case since the US government recently extended the work permit status for Salvadoran immigrants with TPS by another 6 months.

The video, released by the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Relief Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), goes on to explain that requests for additional work permits can be seen as a violation of the anti-discrimination provision within the Immigration and Nationality Act. According to this act, employers must refrain from demanding unauthorized work related documents based on the citizenship status of an employee.