On March 6, 2017, the Secretary of Homeland Security announced the automatic extension of work authorization for individuals with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) from El Salvador for an additional 180 days, to September 9, 2017.
The Secretary had previously extended the period of TPS for El Salvador, on July 8, 2016, until March 9, 2018. At that time, the Secretary automatically extended the accompanying employment authorization documents (EADs) for individuals until March 9, 2017. As that automatic extension expires in several days, this new announcement by the Secretary grants individuals another 180 days of work authorization, until September 9, 2017. Individuals do not need to file for new EAD at this time, as it has been automatically extended.
El Salvador was originally designated for TPS on March 9, 2001. Our blog describing Temporary Protected Status and the countries currently designated for TPS can be found here.
TPS beneficiaries are advised to show their employers the relevant Federal Register notice together with their current EADs to demonstrate continued authorization to work. Employers may rely on this notice as evidence of the continuing validity of the individual’s EAD.
If you have questions about TPS, the attorneys at Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan are ready to assist you.