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Frequently Asked Questions: USCIS Announces 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Nationals of El Salvador

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to nationals of El Salvador or people having no nationality who habitually resided in El Salvador. The extension will last 18 additional months, through September 9, 2010. This extension does not apply to Salvadorans who entered the United States after February 13, 2001. Certain nationals of El Salvador who have not previously applied for TPS may be able to apply under the late registration provisions.

Further details on this extension of TPS for El Salvador, including the application requirements and procedures, will appear in a Federal Register notice shortly. More information can also be obtained from the USCIS National Customer Service Center toll-free number:  1-800-375-5283.  TPS forms are available from the toll-free USCIS Forms line, 1-800-870-3676, or from the USCIS Web site.

Q. What is TPS?

A. TPS is a temporary immigration status granted to eligible nationals of certain countries (or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in the country) designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security because those countries are experiencing temporary negative conditions, such as armed conflict or environmental disasters, that make it difficult for the nationals to return safely or for the countries to accept their return.  See section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1254a.  TPS beneficiaries are granted a stay of removal and work authorization for the designated TPS period and for any extensions of the designation. TPS was designated to El Salvador in response to devastating earthquakes that affected the country in 2001.

For the rest of this article and answers to more questions please feel free to visit www.uscis.gov.

Chuck Hollis

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