DHS extends work permit validity for Salvadorans under TPS

Salvadorans who have re-registered for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and are waiting for their new work permits will have to continue to wait for their new documents.

Due to delays in processing, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced that they have extended the validity of work permits for Salvadorans under TPS for another 6 months.

That means that documents currently showing an expiration date of September 9, 2016 will now be valid until September 9, 2017..

Last year, DHS authorized the automatic extension of permits that expired on September 9, 2016 through March 9, 2017.

But realizing that they will not be able to deliver the new documents on time, they decided to extend the validity of the expired documents.

Although they should not have problems with their employers, it has happened in previous years that people have been suspended or wrongfully terminated.

To avoid this, print a copy of the official notice published in the Federal Register and present it to your employer along with your current work permit.

With the uncertainty of new executive orders and immigration actions, it is unknown if an immigration reform bill will be presented in the next few years. Also, there is always the possibility that TPS will be eliminated.

Remember that TPS is a temporary immigration benefit and it is at the government's discretion to decide whether or not to continue with the program.

Therefore, it is extremely important that all Salvadorans consult an immigration attorney to see if there is a way to obtain permanent residency as soon as possible.