As a Miami immigration lawyer, I have been reminding eligible clients who are El Salvadorean nationals that the USCIS has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador (and those without nationality who last habitually resided in El Salvador) for an additional 18 months, effective Sept. 10, 2016, through March 9, 2018. Below are some frequently asked questions.
I am a current TPS El Salvador beneficiary. I would like to extend my TPS. How would I do so?
Current TPS El Salvador beneficiaries who want to extend their TPS must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from July 8, 2016, through Sept. 6, 2016. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) encourages beneficiaries to re-register as soon as possible once the 60-day re-registration period begins. If you have any questions in regard to this process, you should consult with a Miami immigration attorney.
I am a current TPS El Salvador beneficiary. Will I be able to apply for new Employment Authorization?
Yes. The 18-month extension allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new Employment Authorization Document (EAD). Those who re-register during the 60-day period and request a new EAD will receive one with an expiration date of March 9, 2018. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EAD until after their current work permits expire. Therefore, we are automatically extending current TPS El Salvador EADs with a Sept. 9, 2016 expiration date for six months. These existing EADs are now valid through March 9, 2017. Again, if you have any questions in regard to this, you may want to speak with a Miami immigration lawyer.
I will need to re-register for TPS, but cannot afford the filing fee. What should I do?
USCIS will reject the application of any applicant who fails to submit the required filing fee or a properly documented fee-waiver request. Applicants may request that USCIS waive any fees based on an inability to pay by filing Form I-912, Request for Fee Waiver, or by submitting a written request. Fee-waiver requests must be accompanied by supporting documentation. Again, if you have any questions in regard to this, you may want to speak with a Miami TPS immigration lawyer.
If you have any questions in regard to obtaining TPS (Temporary Protected Status), please contact Miami immigration lawyer Michael G. Murray, Esq. at (305) 895-2500 or visit our website at murraysilva.com.