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Homeland Security Extends Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador

The Secretary of Homeland Security has extended the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals from El Salvador. This extension is for an additional 18 months, effective September 10, 2016 until March 9, 2018.

Some 195,000 undocumented El Salvadoran nationals who qualify for TPS, some living in this country for more than 15 years, will be protected by this extension. This 18 month extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD).

Current TPS beneficiaries who wish to extend their temporary status must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period from July 8, 2016, through September 6, 2016 and USCIS recommends beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible.

Those who re-register for the EAD during the 60-day period will receive one with an expiration date of March 9, 2018. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new authorization until after their current work permits expire and are automatically extending current TPS El Salvador EAD’s with a September 9, 2016 expiration date for six months, now valid through March 9, 2017.

Consult with an experienced immigration attorney regarding your TPS extension and eligibility. Remember that failure to timely file to renew your TPS or a mistake made by a person not authorized to help you with your application such as a public notary (notario) can result in you losing your status and your authorization to work in the United States.

An experienced attorney authorized to practice immigration law in Dallas, throughout Texas, can assure that your case moves forward as quickly as possible and is handled correctly.