DHS announced today that it is extending Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for El Salvadoran nationals who already hold TPS. TPS allows qualifying individuals to remain and work lawfully in the United States until conditions in their home countries improve. The new extension allows qualifying individuals from El Salvador to reapply for TPS and work authorization that will be valid until March 9, 2018. The re-registration period began on July 8, 2016, and ends on September 6, 2016. Employment authorization documents held by qualifying individuals already set to expire on September 9, 2016, are automatically extended through March 9, 2017. Employers can rely on the DHS announcement for I-9 employment verification and reverification purposes.