In this week's Consulta Migratoria® column I explain the process for the last re-registration for Salvadorans in TPS.
This is the column:
Since the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador last January 8, 2018, authorizing one last extension, I have received numerous calls from Salvadorans wanting to know how to re-register for that final extension.
DHS today announced how the process for the final re-registration and renewal of work permits for Salvadorans in TPS will be carried out. published in the Federal Register Thursday, January 18, 2018.
TPS for Salvadorans will expire on September 9, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. This means that approximately 262,500 Salvadorans currently covered by the program will lose the right to live and work legally in the United States and will be subject to deportation if they do not find another legal way to remain in the country.
Key dates for re-enrollment
The re-enrollment period begins on Thursday, January 18, 2018 and ends on Monday, March 19, 2018.
If you do not register during the re-registration period, you could lose your TPS.
TPS re-registration process for Salvadorans
The validity of work permits under TPS for El Salvador that expire on March 9, 2019 will be as follows automatically extended until September 5, 2018.
If you do not have enough money to file because you are unemployed, earn below the poverty level, or receive public benefits such as Medicaid, Medi-Cal, or food stamps, you may be eligible to apply for a fee waiver.
If you need to renew your work permit, submit your renewal application immediately so that USCIS can issue you a new work permit. formerly September 5, 2018 when the current permit with the automatic extension expires.
Prints a copy of the official notification TPS extension in case your employer needs to verify that your work permit has been automatically extended.
Any Salvadoran currently enrolled in TPS must follow the same process.
Persons who have been found guilty of two misdemeanors or one felony. no are eligible for the TPS.
Examples of misdemeanors are drunk driving and committing acts of domestic violence, among others.
If you have been arrested or found guilty of any crime, including driving without a license, consult with an immigration attorney before submitting your re-registration.
TPS does not lead to permanent residency in the United States. But there may be other ways to stay in the country legally.
It is important to see an immigration attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your legal options for permanent residency.