Today is the last day for Salvadorans to re-register for Temporary Protected Status, TPS.
If eligible Salvadoran nationals do not re-register by today, TPS status may be lost.
You may submit your TPS application electronically through E-file.
TPS for El Salvador
The current expiration date for Salvadoran TPS is September 9, 2013. Your Employment Authorization Document, EAD, will be automatically extended until March 9, 2014. This means that even if your TPS status expires on Sept. 9, 2013 your EAD will continue to be valid for another six months. To continue to work legally, you may show your TPS documents to your employer or government agencies and a copy of the federal register notice.
There are currently about 212,000 Salvadorans on TPS. As of July 21, the USCIS has received a total of 119,600 petitions to re-register TPS status.
After renewal, TPS will be approved from September 10, 2013 to March 9, 2015.
Many Salvadorans may be holding off on re-registration in hopes that immigration reform will pass. However, re-registration is important because we still don’t know what the outcome of the proposed immigration reform bill will be.
In addition to that, Salvadorans on TPS status who may be eligible for the path to citizenship proposed in the immigration reform bill may become ineligible if they do not renew their TPS status.
TPS is an immigration benefit that protects people from a country that suffers devastating living conditions due to ongoing armed conflicts, environmental disasters or other extraordinary and temporary conditions. In 2001, then-president George W. Bush approved TPS for Salvadorans. TPS is a status issued based on the president’s decision.
If you have never been granted TPS, you many qualify for a late initial application, visit the USCIS TPS page for more information.