On June 21, 2023, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvador would be extended another 18 months, until March 9, 2025.
If you are a national of El Salvador (or if you have no nationality and last habitually resided in El Salvador) and were already granted TPS, you can apply to renew your TPS and your work permit. This will allow you to continue to live and work legally in the U.S. for as long as El Salvador is designated a TPS country.
Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a status that allows you to live and work legally in the U.S. It is valid for 18 months at a time, allows you to apply for a work permit and a Social Security Number, and may be renewed for as long as El Salvador is designated a TPS country.
The TPS re-registration period is open from July 12, 2023, through March 9, 2025.
The new period of TPS for El Salvador starts on September 10, 2023, and ends on March 9, 2025. The U.S. government could choose to extend TPS for El Salvador.
For current beneficiaries of Salvadoran TPS, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of Employment Authorization Documents (also known as “work permits”) until June 30, 2024, as long as the person continues to be eligible for TPS and re-registers by the September 10, 2023 deadline.
No. Even if you are from El Salvador, you would be ineligible for TPS re-registration if:
To apply for TPS re-registration, you will need to file at least Form I-821. If you would like an employment authorization document (work permit), you will need to also file Form I-765. If you would like to request a fee waiver, you will need to file Form I-912 (or ask for a fee waiver in writing). You might need to file Form I-601, if certain “inadmissibility grounds” apply in your case.
The forms can all be downloaded for free from the USCIS website, but there are filing fees that must be paid, unless the fees are waived.
For more information, please call the Legal Aid Society’s Immigration Helpline from 9:00am-5:00pm Monday through Friday at 844-955-3425.
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Last Updated: 8 September 2023
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