On October 3, 2018, California U.S. District Judge Edward Chen granted a preliminary injunction in the case of Ramos v. Nielsen, preventing the Department of Homeland Security from terminating Temporary Protected Status for El Salvador (scheduled to end on 9/9/19), Haiti (7/22/19), Nicaragua (1/5/19), and Sudan (11/2/18). The injunction remains in place until the Court lifts it or the lawsuit ends. Continue Reading California Court Temporarily Enjoins Administration from Ending Temporary Protected Status; Other TPS Lawsuits Proceed
Earlier this year, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it will terminate the temporary protected status (TPS) program for nationals of El Salvador on September 9, 2019. Employment authorization documents (EADs) held by qualifying individuals that expired on March 9, 2018, were automatically extended through September 5, 2018, providing applicants time to apply for new EADs valid through the termination date.
Because the USCIS has been unable to process EAD extension applications in a timely manner, DHS has further extended the expired EADs through March 4, 2019, provided that:
- The EAD has a marked expiration date of March 9, 2018, and the individual applied for a new EAD after January 18, 2018; or
- The EAD has a marked expiration date of September 9, 2016, and the individual applied for a new EAD on or after July 8, 2016.
USCIS states that it will mail a Notice of Continued Evidence of Work Authorization to eligible individuals to present to their employers for I-9 verification purposes. Those who have not received their notices by September 4, 2018, must contact USCIS at (202) 272-8377. In the interim, nationals of El Salvador can show employers the USCIS web page to continue working lawfully while awaiting their letters. The web page can be found at this link.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that because the conditions in El Salvador no longer support its designation for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), the designation set to expire on March 9, 2018, will terminate on September 9, 2019. This conclusion is at odds with the State Department travel advisory, which says that travelers should reconsider travel to El Salvador due to violent crime (murder, assault, rape, armed robbery, gang activity, etc.). The travel advisory can be found here.