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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Updates for People from El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras and Somalia

The Secretary of Homeland Security may have designated a foreign country for TPS due to conditions in the country that temporarily prevent the country's nationals from returning safely, or in certain circumstances, where the country is unable to handle the return of its nationals adequately.  USCIS may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States.  Eligible individuals without nationality who last resided in the designated country may also be granted TPS.

TPS is a temporary benefit that does not lead to lawful permanent resident status or give any other immigration status.

TPS for El Salvador

On Jan. 18, 2018, USCIS automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the last extension of TPS El Salvador for 180 days, through Sept. 5, 2018. If you are a TPS beneficiary under the El Salvador designation and your EAD is based on your TPS status with an original expiration date of March 9, 2018, your EAD is covered by this automatic extension and you may continue to work through Sept. 5, 2018, using your current EAD.

To prove that you are authorized to continue working legally, you may show the following documentation to your employer and government agencies:

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a March 9, 2018 expiration date; and
  • A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension.

Your employer may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. Go to the “Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility” page for more information. 

If USCIS approved your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or if they approved your fee waiver request), USCIS will issue a new EAD to you with the expiration date of Sept. 9, 2019.

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions go to the TPS page.

TPS for Haiti

November 2017 Update on Temporary Protected Status for Haitians in the United States

The following resources and information may be helpful:

http://www.masslegalhelp.org/immigration/haiti/package24

https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/temporary-protected-status

Many of the Haitians who escaped Haiti after the earthquake in 2010 and sought refuge in the U.S. were not able to legally stay in the U.S.  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Haitians who came to the U.S. as a result of the earthquake were eligible to apply for temporary protected status (TPS), allowing them to live and work legally in the U.S. for a fixed amount of time.   TPS can be used by Homeland Security agency in cases of emergencies to allow people temporary safe haven in the U.S. until the U.S. government decides it is safe for them to return to their homeland.  People must apply and pay fees in exchange for permission to live and work in the U.S. Previously, TPS applicants needed to show that they had continuously resided in the United States since Jan. 12, 2010. Under the new re-designation, eligible individuals who arrived up to one year after the earthquake in Haiti are able to apply for TPS. Many of these individuals were authorized to enter the United States immediately after the earthquake on temporary visas, humanitarian parole and other measures. 

Please visit the USCIS website at www.uscis.gov or call 1-800-375-5283 to obtain the latest information about filing for TPS and to learn more about the TPS application process.

TPS for Honduras

USCIS has automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the last extension of TPS Honduras for an additional 180 days, through Jan. 1, 2019.

If you are a TPS beneficiary under Honduras’ designation and your EAD is based on your TPS status with an original expiration date of July 5, 2018, your EAD is covered by this automatic extension and you may continue to work through Jan 1, 2019, using your current EAD. Additionally, individuals who have EADs with an expiration date of Jan. 5, 2018, 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.

To prove you are eligible to continue working legally through Jan. 1, 2019, you may show the following documentation to your employer and government agencies:

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a July 5, 2018 or Jan. 5, 2018 expiration date; and
  • A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension OR your EAD application receipt (Form I-797C, Notice of Action) confirming we received the application on or after Dec. 15, 2017.

Your employer may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. For more information on providing evidence of employment eligibility, see guidance in the Federal Register notice and I-9 Central.

If USCIS approved your TPS re-registration application, and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or if they approved your fee waiver request), USCIS will issue you an EAD with the expiration date of Jan. 5, 2020.

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions, go to the TPS webpage.

TPS for Somalia

On July 19, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her decision to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Somalia for 18 months through March 17, 2020.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through the 18-month extension period ending on March 17, 2020, must re-register between August 27, 2018 - October 26, 2018.

Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documents (EADs), have been published in the Federal Register and on uscis.gov/tps.

All applicants must submit Form I-821, Application for Temporary Protected Status. Applicants may also request an EAD by submitting, at the time they file Form I-821, Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, or separately at a later date. Like all USCIS forms, both forms are free for download from the USCIS website at uscis.gov/tps.

USCIS will issue new EADs with a March 17, 2020 expiration date to eligible Somalia TPS beneficiaries who timely re-register and apply for EADs. Given the timeframe involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, however, USCIS recognized that not all re-registrants will receive new EADs before their current EADs expire on Sept. 17, 2018. Accordingly, they have automatically extended the validity of those EADs for 180 days, through March 16, 2019.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov.

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This content was last modified on: 08/30/2018

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