Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador Extended by 18 Months

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on July 12, 2010 that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador.  The previous expiration date of September 9, 2010 is extended through the new expiration date of March 9, 2012. During the past year, DHS and the Department of State reviewed the conditions in El Salvador. Based on this review, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has determined that an 18-month extension is warranted.  Secretary Napolitano found that the conditions that prompted the 2001 TPS designation of El Salvador following a series of severe earthquakes persist and temporarily prevent El Salvador from adequately handling the return of its nationals.
Under the extension, individuals who have been granted TPS are eligible to re-register and maintain their status for an additional 18 months. There are approximately 217,000 nationals of El Salvador (and people having no nationality who last habitually resided in El Salvador) who may be eligible for reregistration. TPS does not apply to Salvadoran nationals who first entered the United States after Feb. 13, 2001.

To maintain TPS status, Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries must re-register during the re-registration period from July 9 until September 7, 2010. It is important to re-register as soon as the re-registration period opens to allow sufficient time for USCIS to complete all the routine background checks and further application processing. Applications from Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries will not be accepted before July 9.

USCIS will issue a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD) to eligible TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs. However, USCIS will automatically extend the validity of existing EADs held by Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries for six months, through March 9, 2011. This automatic extension will allow sufficient time for eligible TPS beneficiaries to re-register and receive an EAD without any lapse in employment authorization. The Federal Register Notice explains how TPS beneficiaries and their employers may determine which EADs are automatically extended.

For assistance with registering or extending your Temporary Protected Status, please contact Global Justice Law Group at 206-787-1406 or email info@globaljusticelawgroup.com.

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