TPS Program Extended


Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has extended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of El Salvador for an additional 18 months, beginning Sept. 10, 2013, and ending March 9, 2015. This allows Salvadorans who already have TPS to renew their status.

The 60-day re-registration period runs from May 30, 2013 through July 29, 2013.

According to a release from the USCIS Department of Homeland Security:

The 18-month extension also allows TPS re-registrants to apply for a new employment authorization document (EAD). Eligible Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries who re-register during the registration period will receive a new EAD with an expiration date of March 9, 2015. USCIS recognizes that some re-registrants may not receive their new EADs until after their current EADs expire. Therefore, USCIS is automatically extending current TPS El Salvador EADs bearing a Sept. 9, 2013, expiration date for an additional six months. These existing EADs are now valid through March 9, 2014.

There are between 10,000 and 20,000 Salvadorans living on Long Island who are eligible for this renewal program.

It is extremely urgent that people with TPS renew as soon as possible. The proposed immigration reform provides special benefits to those with Temporary Protected Status that could be lost if a person does not renew.

For help, call CARECEN at 516-489-8330 in Nassau or 631-273-8759 in Suffolk, or Catholic Charities at 631-789-5210.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.