End of TPS re-registration period for Salvadorans

This Monday, March 9, 2015 marks the end of the re-registration period for the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program for El Salvador.

If they have not initiated the process, it is important that they do so as soon as possible so as not to lose their legal status in the United States and to be able to renew their work permits.

With this new extension of TPS, Salvadorans will have another 18 months from March 10, 2015 to September 9, 2016 to live and work legally in the country.

Remember that individuals in TPS are not eligible to enroll in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) programs.

It is estimated that there are approximately 204,000 Salvadorans currently protected under TPS who may be eligible for TPS re-registration.

Salvadorans never before registered for TPS may be eligible for a late initial registration if they meet several requirements. One of them is to have arrived in the United States before February 13, 2001. Therefore, Salvadorans who recently entered the country are not eligible for TPS.

Please consult with an immigration attorney to evaluate your immigration situation as soon as possible.

TPS is a temporary immigration status. It is granted to persons who cannot return to their home countries because their lives would be in danger due to an ongoing armed conflict, an environmental catastrophe, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.