Temporary Protected Status Designated Country: El Salvador

TPS To Terminate On:Sept. 9, 2019
Re-registration period for People Who Already Have TPS:

Jan. 18, 2018 – March 19, 2018

Employment Authorization Document (EAD)Auto-Extended Through:Sept. 5, 2018
Continuous Residence in U.S. Since:Feb.13, 2001
Continuous Physical Presence in U.S. Since:March 9, 2001
TPS Designation Date:March 9, 2001
Federal Register Notice Citation:

83 FR 2654

When to File for TPS

If you want to maintain Temporary Protected Status (TPS) until the program’s termination date on Sept. 9, 2019, you must re-register during the 60-day re-registration period that runs from Jan. 18, 2018, through March 19, 2018. We encourage you to register as soon as possible within the 60-day re-registration period.

Where to File

Send your TPS package to the appropriate address in the table below: 

If you:    Then, mail your application to:

Are applying for re-registration and you live in the following states/territories:

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • American Samoa
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Guam
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Oklahoma
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virgin Islands
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

U.S. Postal Service (USPS)

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
P.O. Box 660864
Dallas, TX 75266 

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
2501 S. State Highway, 121 Business Suite 400
Lewisville, TX 75067

Are applying for re-registration and you live in the following states/territories:

  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • Ohio
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington D.C.
  • West Virginia

U.S. Postal Service:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
P.O. Box 8635
Chicago, IL 60680-8635

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
131 S. Dearborn – 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60603-5517

Are applying for re-registration and you live in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington

U.S. Postal Service:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
P.O. Box 21800
Phoenix, AZ 85036 

FedEx, UPS, and DHL deliveries:

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Attn: TPS El Salvador
1820 E. Skyharbor Circle S, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85034

Automatic Employment Authorization Document (EAD) Extension

On Jan. 18, 2018, USCIS automatically extended the validity of employment authorization documents (EADs) issued under the last extension of TPS El Salvador for 180 days, through Sept. 5, 2018. If you are a TPS beneficiary under the El Salvador designation and your EAD is based on your TPS status with an original expiration date of March 9, 2018, your EAD is covered by this automatic extension and you may continue to work through Sept. 5, 2018, using your current EAD.

To prove that you are authorized to continue working legally, you may show the following documentation to your employer and government agencies:

  • Your TPS-related EAD with a March 9, 2018 expiration date; and
  • A copy of the Federal Register notice announcing the automatic extension.

Your employer may rely on the Federal Register notice as evidence of the continuing validity of your EAD. Go to the “Documentation Employers May Accept and Temporary Protected Status Beneficiaries May Present as Evidence of Employment Eligibility” page for more information. 

If we approve your TPS re-registration application and you paid the fee for a new EAD (or if we approved your fee waiver request), we will issue a new EAD to you with the expiration date of Sept. 9, 2019.

For more information on TPS eligibility requirements, what to file, and step-by-step instructions go to the TPS page.

Other Immigration Options

You might be eligible for other immigration options listed on the Explore My Options page.

To apply for a lawful permanent status (Green Card), you must be eligible under one of the categories listed on the Green Card Eligibility Categories page. Once you find the category that may fit your situation, click on the link provided to get information on eligibility requirements, how to apply, and whether your family members can also apply with you.

Note on Seeking Asylum: Being granted and maintaining TPS status until a reasonable period before the filing of the asylum application is considered an extraordinary circumstance for the purposes of the one year filing deadline. In other words, having TPS status “stops the clock” on the requirement to file for asylum within one year of arriving in the United States, if the one-year clock has not already expired. See 8 CFR 208.4(a)(5)(iv).

Avoid Scams

Please be aware that some unauthorized practitioners may try to take advantage of you by claiming they can file TPS forms. These same individuals may ask that you pay them to file such forms. We want to ensure that all potential TPS applicants know how to obtain legitimate, accurate legal advice and assistance. A list of accredited representatives and free or low-cost legal providers is available on the USCIS website on the finding legal advice web page.

We don’t want you to become a victim of an immigration scam. If you need legal advice on immigration matters, make sure the person helping you is authorized to give legal advice. Only an attorney or an accredited representative working for a Department of Justice (DOJ) recognized organization can give you legal advice. Visit the Avoid Scams page for information and resources.

 

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