Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for El Salvador has been extended for another 18 months through March 9, 2018. The filing window for extension applications has already begun, and will continue until September 6, 2016. People who timely apply for the TPS extension are also eligible for automatic extensions of their work permits until March, 2017.
Please note- the Salvadoran TPS extension generally only benefits those who already have the status since the original application period beginning in March, 2001. In rare cases, Salvadorans who have been here since February, 2001 but have been in a different status since February, 2001 may also be able to apply for TPS benefits.
In addition to employment authorization and protection against removal, TPS may provide a way for those married to United States citizens or permanent residents to file for residency with less risk than if they did not have TPS benefits. Therefore, we strongly urge anyone with current TPS status to be sure to file for an extension as soon as possible, and absolutely before the September 6, 2016 deadline.
Bean, Lloyd, Mukherji, & Taylor is an immigration law firm in Oakland, California, emphasizing family-based immigration, removal defense, and naturalization.
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