Final Re-Registration for Haiti and El Salvador TPS through March 19

Final Re-Registration for Haiti and El Salvador TPS through March 19Haitian and Salvadoran nationals who want to maintain Temporary Protected Status (TPS) through termination of the programs next year can re-register under the designation with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) through March 19, 2018. The re-registration process includes an automatic 180-day extension of Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) for those who don’t receive updated EADs before their current expirations.

TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs,” according to each of the releases for Haiti and El Salvador. “Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, however, USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire” in  July this year for Haiti nationals and in March this year for nationals of El Salvador.

In the case of Haiti, “individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of July 22, 2017, and who applied for a new EAD during the last re-registration period but have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by this automatic extension. These individuals may show their EAD indicating a July 22, 2017, expiration date and their EAD application receipt (Notice of Action, Form I-797C) that notes the application was received on or after May 24, 2017, along with this statement, to employers as proof of continued employment authorization through July 21, 2018.”

USCIS requires TPS applicants to submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. TPS applicants who work submit Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, which can be submitted along with or after the TPS application.

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Elaine Duke ended the TPS designation for Haiti in November through determination “that disaster-related conditions in Haiti, upon which the country’s original designation was based, no longer supported its designation for TPS.” The status ends entirely for Haiti on July 22, 2019.

Earlier in January, DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen “determined that the statutory conditions supporting El Salvador’s TPS designation on the basis of an environmental disaster are no longer met.” El Salvador TPS status ends Sept. 9, 2019.

Each secretary delayed the effective TPS-termination date for their respective countries for 18 months past current designation expirations to “allow time for an orderly transition.”