TPS El Salvador:
Temporary Protected Status

You cannot apply for TPS El Salvador at this time. 

If you already have TPS El Salvador, your temporary protected status continues and your documents are now valid through June 30, 2024.

What is TPS?   

Temporary Protected Status (TPS) is a form of immigration status for people in the United States. TPS is for people who cannot go back to their home country because of danger, such as an armed conflict or environmental disaster. 

If you have TPS, you can:

  • Stay in the USA legally for a period of time
  • Apply for a work permit in the USA
  • Apply to travel outside of the USA
  • Be protected from detention and deportation 

You cannot get any of the benefits of TPS until your application is approved. TPS is temporary. It does not give you lawful permanent status, citizenship, or any permanent immigration status. 

Who could have applied for TPS El Salvador?

You must have met the following requirements: 

  • Be a national of El Salvador
    • or a person without nationality who lived in El Salvador for a long time before arriving in the USA
  • Have lived only in the USA since February 13, 2001
  • Have not left the USA since March 9, 2001

You may not have been eligible if you committed certain crimes.

When does TPS El Salvador end?

If you already have TPS El Salvador, your TPS is automatically extended through June 30, 2024. You must have re-registered during the 2016-2018 period to currently have TPS for El Salvador. 

DHS announced this extension as part of a court order. Future court decisions could change the availability of TPS El Salvador.

Can I re-register for TPS El Salvador late?

If you missed the deadline to re-register, you can submit a late re-registration application. You will also have to submit a letter explaining why you filed it late, such as a serious illness. You can re-register online or by mail with USCIS under the Where To File section.

Can I apply for a work permit?

Work permits are available to people with TPS and are known as an Employment Authorization Document (EAD). It shows employers that you are allowed to work in the USA. You can apply for a work permit by filing Form I-765, Request for Employment Authorization with USCIS. 

If you currently have an EAD and TPS for El Salvador, your EAD is automatically extended through June 30, 2024.

Can I apply for a travel permit?

Travel permits are available to people with TPS. It is known as advanced parole. It shows immigration officials that you are allowed to travel abroad and back to the USA.

You can apply for a travel permit by filing Form I-131, Application for Travel Document. Follow the instructions on the Federal Register notice when applying for a travel permit.

You can apply for a work and travel permit at the same time or separately. 

What happens when TPS El Salvador expires?

DHS will continue to extend TPS El Salvador until there is a final court ruling. If the final court ruling ends TPS El Salvador, TPS holders will have 365 days before DHS could start deportations.

If TPS El Salvador expires, you will have the same immigration status you had before getting temporary protected status.

If you did not have a legal immigration status before you applied for TPS, you may become undocumented. You can apply for another form of immigration status if you are eligible. 

If you stay without any legal status, you will risk the chance of arrest or deportation. 

Can I change my immigration status?

You can have TPS at the same time as another immigration status. 

You can apply for asylum, lawful permanent status (green card), or other protected status if you meet the requirements for those applications.

It is important to seek legal advice from an immigration lawyer or accredited representative. They can help you apply and discuss questions or concerns. Many organizations and lawyers offer free or low-cost legal services.

The Embassy of El Salvador can offer more information. You can contact the Embassy of El Salvador at (202) 595-7500 or visit its consular office in Washington D.C.

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