Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: El Salvador

ALERT: On Oct. 3, 2018, in Ramos, et al. v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) (PDF, 458 KB), the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California enjoined DHS from implementing and enforcing the decisions to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti, and El Salvador, pending further resolution of the case. 

For additional information, please see the March 1, 2019, Federal Register Notice, specific TPS country pages available on the USCIS website, and the Update on Ramos v. Nielsen page on the USCIS website.

 

TPS Continued Through: As long as preliminary injunction ordered by court in Ramos, et al v. Nielsen, et al., No. 18-cv-01554 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 3, 2018) remains in effect.
Re-registration period for People Who Already Have TPS:

Current beneficiaries under the TPS designation for El Salvador do not need to re-register to maintain TPS, provided that they properly re-registered for TPS during the following registration periods for El Salvador.

Jan. 18, 2018, through March 19, 2018

Jul. 8, 2016, through Sept. 6, 2016

Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Auto-Extended Through: Jan. 2, 2020
Continuous Residence in U.S. Since: Feb. 13, 2001
Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since: March 9, 2001
TPS Designation Date: March 9, 2001
Federal Register Notice Citation:

83 FR 2654

83 FR 54764

84 FR 7103

When to File for TPS

To maintain TPS, you must have either filed to re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that ran from Jan. 18, 2018, through Mar. 19, 2018 or Jul. 8, 2016, through Sept. 6, 2016, and been approved, or have an application that remains pending. If you did not re-register during this timeframe, you may submit a late re-registration application, including a letter that explains your reason(s) for filing late with your application. USCIS will determine whether your reasons are “good cause” for being late, as required under the TPS law.

Where to File

Send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below: 

If you:     Then, mail your application to:

If you are filing for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS or for re-registration of TPS and you live in the following states/territories:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

U.S. Postal Service (USPS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
P.O. Box 660864
Dallas, TX 75266 

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
2501 S. State Highway, 121 Business Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

If you are filing for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS or for re-registration of TPS and you live in the following states/territories:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • West Virginia

U.S. Postal Service:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
P.O. Box 8635
Chicago, IL 60680-8635

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
131 S. Dearborn – 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

If you are filing for a replacement EAD for already granted TPS or for re-registration of TPS and you live in the following states/territories:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington

U.S. Postal Service:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
P.O. Box 21800
Phoenix, AZ 85036 

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

USCIS is automatically extending through Jan. 2, 2020, the validity of EADs with the category codes “A-12” or “C-19” and one of the expiration dates shown below that we issued under the TPS designation of El Salvador to individuals who continue to maintain TPS eligibility:

03/09/2018

09/09/2019

TPS El Salvador beneficiaries who applied for a new EAD but have not yet received their new EADs are also covered by this automatic extension, provided that the EAD contains one of the expiration dates noted in the chart above. Such individuals may show their EAD and the Federal Register Notice (PDF) to employers to demonstrate that their EAD and employment authorization have been extended through Jan. 2, 2020. 

Additionally, USCIS is automatically extending through Jan. 2, 2020, the validity periods of the following Forms I-94, Arrival and Departure Records, and Forms I-797, Notice of Action (Approval Notice), previously issued to eligible beneficiaries granted TPS under the designation of El Salvador:

Country

Beginning date of validity: 

End date of validity:

 

El Salvador

Sept. 10, 2016

March 9, 2018

March 10, 2018

Sept. 9, 2019

However, the extension of the validity periods above applies only if the eligible TPS beneficiary properly filed for TPS re-registration during the most recent DHS-announced registration period for TPS El Salvador, or has a re-registration application that remains pending. In addition, the extension does not apply if the TPS of any such individual has been finally withdrawn. The FRN does not extend the validity date of any TPS-related Form I–94 or Form I–797 issued to a TPS beneficiary that contains an end date not on the chart above when the individual has failed to file for TPS re-registration, or when his or her re-registration request has been finally denied. 

Current beneficiaries of TPS El Salvador do not need to pay a fee or file any application, including Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization, to maintain their TPS benefits through Jan. 2, 2020, if they properly re-registered for TPS during the most recent DHS-announced registration period. 

TPS beneficiaries who have failed to re-register properly for TPS during the last registration period should file Form I–821 (Application for Temporary Protected Status), and demonstrate “good cause” for failing to re-register on time, as required by law.  See INA, section 244(c)(3)(C) (TPS beneficiary’s failure to register without good cause in form and manner specified by DHS is ground for TPS withdrawal); 8 CFR 244.17(b); and Instructions to Form I–821.  If you are filing a late re-registration application, please provide a letter explaining all of your reasons for filing outside of the re-registration period. If you filed after the re-registration period because of the DHS announcement of the termination of TPS for your country, please explain how that announcement affected you, including how the termination decisions impacted your failure to re-register. However, if the announcement of the TPS termination did not cause you to file late, you should not include it as a reason.  Please remember to be truthful in explaining your reasons.

Any eligible beneficiary under the TPS designation for El Salvador who either does not possess an EAD that is automatically extended, or wishes to apply for a new EAD may file Form I–765 with appropriate fee (or fee waiver request).  If approved, USCIS will issue an EAD with a Jan. 2, 2020, expiration date. Similarly, USCIS will issue an EAD with a Jan. 2, 2020, expiration date for those with pending EAD applications that are ultimately approved.

Other Immigration Options

You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.

To apply for a lawful permanent status (Green Card), you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS status until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the one year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS status “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States, if the one-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).

Avoid Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice web page.

We don’t want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.

 

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