The Department of Homeland Security has granted an 18-month extension to eligible nationals of El Salvador with Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The TPS extension also allows eligible nationals to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD).
TPS re-registration for El Salvador beneficiaries began Jan. 7, 2015 and runs for a 60-day period– through March 9, 2016. Those who re-register for the extended TSP and who request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of Sept. 9, 2016, though some who re-register won’t receive the document until the expiration of their current EAD. Because of this, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) is providing an automatic six-month extension to Sept. 9, 2015 for TPS El Salvador beneficiaries who currently hold an EAD with an expiration of March 9, 2015.
Several forms are needed to re-register as a TPS beneficiary. These include:
- Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status (Re-registrants don’t pay the Form I-821 application fee).
- Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization (This form is required even for those who aren’t seeking employment authorization. Re-registrants who request an EAD must also pay the Form I-765 application fee or submit a fee-waiver request. Re-registrants who aren’t interested in obtaining an EAD aren’t required to pay the application fee).
The biometrics service fee applies to registrants who are 14-year-old or older.
TPS is a designation bestowed on immigrants coming from countries where conditions make it unsafe to return to the native country. The Secretary of Homeland Security can bestow a TPS designation for certain temporary conditions in the country. These include:
- Ongoing armed conflict (such as civil war)
- An environmental disaster (such as earthquake or hurricane), or an epidemic
- Other extraordinary and temporary conditions
TPS beneficiaries generally aren’t removable from the United States, can obtain an EAD and can also be granted travel authorization. DHS officers cannot detain TPS beneficiaries based on immigration status. Importantly, however, it should be noted that TPS is a temporary benefit and is not a pathway to lawful permanent resident status or any other immigration status.