TPS Update for El Salvador and Haiti: Deadlines for Registration and Extension of Work Authorization

The federal government announced the termination of Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) for individuals from El Salvador and Haiti.  Click here for more information regarding TPS.

On January 18, 2018, the federal government released information on when to re-register for TPS and extension of work authorization.  Here’s what you need to know:

Termination Date:

    • El Salvador:  TPS for El Salvador ends on September 9, 2019
    • Haiti:   TPS for Haiti ends on January 22, 2019

Deadline for re-registration applications:

  • El Salvador:  Applications for re-registration of TPS (Form I-821) can be filed beginning January 18 through no later than March 19, 2018. 
  • Haiti:  Applications for re-registration of TPS (Form I-821) can be filed beginning January 18 through no later than March 19, 2018.

Work Authorization:

  • El Salvador:  Work authorization documents are automatically extended through September 5, 2018.  Current work permits expire on March 9, 2018.  As of March 10, 2018, workers can show their employer a copy of the Federal Register Notice to satisfy I-9 requirements.
  • Haiti:  Work authorization documents are automatically extended through July 21, 2018.   Current work permits expire on January 22, 2018.  As of July 23, 2018, workers can show their employer a copy of the Federal Register Notice to satisfy I-9 requirements.

Tips for Union and Worker Advocates: 
Employers should not and need not reverify work authorization documents of individuals in TPS status simply based on these announcements regarding the future termination of TPS. 

Employers are required to reverify workers’ documents upon the expiration of the work authorization documents.  At the expiration, workers can submit copies of the Federal Register Notices to show automatic extension of their work permits. 

Finally, it is important for individuals in TPS status to investigate whether they may be eligible for any other type of immigration relief.

For more information, please contact your immigration or labor law counsel.

By Monica Guizar | January 19, 2018

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