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TPS for El Salvador Will End September 2019; EADs Automatically Extended Through Sept. 5, 2018

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced that the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for El Salvador will end on Sept. 9, 2019. Current beneficiaries who want to maintain their status through Sept. 9, 2019, must re-register between Jan. 18, 2018, and March 19, 2018.

Given the timeframes involved with processing TPS re-registration applications, USCIS recognizes that not all re-registrants will receive new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) before their current EADs expire on March 9, 2018. Accordingly, USCIS has automatically extended the validity of EADs issued and currently valid under the TPS designation of El Salvador for 180 days, through Sept. 5, 2018.

Employers should encourage their employees to file applications for EADs as early as possible to ensure they receive their EAD before Sept. 5, 2018. Filing early will help them avoid lapses in their employment authorization documentation.

Completing Form I-9

When completing or updating Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification:

  • Refer to this Federal Register notice (PDF), which provides confirmation that your employee’s EAD is automatically extended for 180 days, until Sept. 5, 2018.
  • Your employee may present their EAD that has an expiration date of March 9, 2018, and a category code of “A-12” or “C-19,” along with Form I-797C that contains category code “A-12” or “C-19.” This combination is a List A document that is valid until Sept. 5, 2018.

You must reverify employment authorization of these employees by Sept. 6, 2018.

Find more details on the termination of this TPS designation for El Salvador on I-9 Central and instructions for completing Form I-9 on the TPS page.

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